Aug 31, 2022 • 32M

Episode 2: The Rhetoric of Polarization and the Failures of Objectivity in Journalism

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Dennis Stevens, Ed.D.
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.
Episode details

In this second episode, Dennis discusses the rhetoric of polarization in connection to the function of shared meaning in the news as it relates to politics. Additionally, this episode builds upon the first episode to advance the conversation on how news in public interest differs from the news as entertainment. We explore the shortcomings of objectivity in journalism in its current form as well as the function of demagoguery and artificial intelligence in the shaping of the rhetoric of polarization; which all serves to cultivate further the "us versus them" American political climate that prevents authentic and engaged public discourse from developing in the media.