Audience of One

Audience of One

Donald Trump, Television, and the Fracturing of America

Book - 2019 | First edition
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Audience of OneNew York TimesAmusing Ourselves to DeathAudience of OneBraiding together these disparate threads, Poniewozik combines a cultural history of modern America with a revelatory portrait of the most public American who has ever lived. Reaching back to the 1940s, when Trump and commercial television were born, Poniewozik illustrates how Donald became “a character that wrote itself, a brand mascot that jumped off the cereal box and entered the world, a simulacrum that replaced the thing it represented.” Viscerally attuned to the media, Trump shape-shifted into a boastful tabloid playboy in the 1980s; a self-parodic sitcom fixture in the 1990s; a reality-TV “You’re Fired” machine in the 2000s; and finally, the biggest role of his career, a Fox News–obsessed, Twitter-mad, culture-warring demagogue in the White House.Poniewozik deconstructs the chaotic Age of Trump as the 24-hour TV production that it is, decoding an era when politics has become pop culture, and vice versa. Trenchant and often slyly hilarious, Audience of One is a penetrating and sobering review of the raucous, raging, farcical reality show—performed for the benefit of an insomniac, cable-news-junkie “audience of one”—that we all came to live in, whether we liked it or not.

Baker & Taylor
The New York Times chief television critic documents the history of mass media from the early 1980s through today, revealing how Donald Trump merged with America’s most powerful medium to orchestrate his reinvention as a world leader.

Publisher: New York, NY : Liveright Publishing Corporation, a division of W.W. Norton & Company, [2019]
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9781631494420
1631494422
Branch Call Number: 302.2345 PONIEWOZ
Characteristics: xxiii, 325 pages ; 25 cm

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