Monday, April 20, 2015

Political Theater and its Coverage

Published today, this interesting Atlantic article speaks to the ways in which political journalists have taken to focusing on the 'drama' and 'theater' of the campaign trail of elections, as opposed to the substance of each candidate's platform.

I particularly like this quote, where the author writes "A great deal of political writing these days is indistinguishable from theater criticism: Its chief concerns are storyline, costumes, and the quality of public performances." The use of mixed metaphors, when relating political moves to theatrical performances, is something I have always found fascinating, and something I think that relates really well to where our discussion in class today will likely lead.

Find the article here: http://www.theatlantic.com/politics/archive/2015/04/statler-and-waldorf-on-the-campaign-trail/390894/

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