(CFP) Hollywood Politics: The Popular Culture Factor in 21st Century Politics
Editor: Leah A. Murray
In 2008 we saw a continuation and maybe even an acceleration of the trend of popular culture having a real effect on politics. From The Daily Show ,to Obama’s Blackberry, to candidates’ use of Facebook and MySpace, we have seen politics opening up to new ways of thinking and acting as we come online for the next generation. As this next generation grows up in a politicized popular world (or perhaps a popularized political world) where issues like torture are dealt with on shows like 24 and we have fictional presidents on The West Wing who deal with real-life policy choices, it is in our interest to understand how this coverage affects the discourse. This edited collection seeks to enhance the discussion of the popular culture effect on our understanding of politics.
Topics include but are not limited to: media representations; public discourse on popular culture’s effect; the intersections of entertainment and the news media; political debates in literature, on television, and in the movies; the use of political satire; the effect of blogging and social networking sites like Facebook and MySpace; the effect of YouTube.
Submit abstracts via email by Feb 27 to lmurray_at_weber.edu