Sideshow: Dumbing Down DemocracyLindsay Tanner,
Publisher: Scribe Publications Pty Ltd.
ISBN: 192184406X ISBN13: 9781921844065 DDC: 320 Edition: Paperback; 2011-11-01
Summary:Under siege from commercial pressures and technological innovation,
the Australian media are retreating into an entertainment frame that
has little tolerance for complex social and economic issues. In turn,
politicians and political parties are adapting to suit the new rules
of the gameâ€”to such an extent that the contest of ideas is being
supplanted by the contest for laughs. Written by former Australian
Labor Party federal minister for finance Lindsay Tanner, this
insiderâ€™s perspective demonstrates how media coverage of Australian
politics is becoming distorted, trivial, and juvenile, and it argues
that this change threatens democracy. Lying bare the relentless
decline of political reporting and political behavior, this
bookâ€”part memoir, part analysis, and part critiqueâ€”tackles the
deterioration that has set in at the heart of Australian public life.
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Edition Info: Paperback; 2011-11-01
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