In this first episode, the host, Dennis Stevens, outlines the influences, history, and present challenges that drive the need to re-establish American public discourse in the news as it relates to politics in the United States. Current examples from the daily news cycle are discussed in light of the broader aim of mediating the ideological divide between the American political left and the political right.
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My Friend Voldemort
My Friend Voldemort is a podcast for emotionally mature adults to understand American public discourse in the news as it relates to politics. We aim to restore dialogue to the American public sphere. In "Amusing Ourselves to Death: Public Discourse in the Age of Show Business" (Viking Penguin, 1985), communications theorist Neil Postman predicted that television would destroy serious and rational public conversation. Today, the problem we are addressing is that there is too much monologue in the public sphere and not enough dialogue. Accordingly, My Friend Voldemort provides insight into the attitudes, beliefs, and values that drive conflict between right-wing and left-wing American politics.