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The death of discourse

The death of discourse / by Ronald K. L. Collins, David M. Skover.
Third edition.
Durham, North Carolina : Carolina Academic Press, [2023]
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xlix, 344 pages ; 24 cm.
"This book explores one of the most disturbing intellectual dilemmas of our time - that our beloved First Amendment is being exploited in the name of the dumbing of America. It is the first book to examine the popular culture of the First Amendment, specifically with reference to television, advertising, and pornography. Comparing the culture of popular discourse with traditional First Amendment ideals, the authors expose the vast gap between our speech practices and our speech principles. Is the tyranny of the trivialization of discourse a problem? In a dialogue-like way, the authors invite their readers to judge"-- Provided by publisher.
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Online version: Collins, Ronald K. L. Death of discourse. Third edition. Durham, North Carolina : Carolina Academic Press, [2023]
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Collins, Ronald K. L. Death of discourse. 2nd ed. Durham, N.C. : Carolina Academic Press, ©2005
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November 06, 2023
Includes bibliographical references and index.
Book I: The paratroopers' paradox
The Huxleyan crossing
The Soma medium : its mechanics & messages
A rearview mirror look at the First Amendment
Wrestling with the paradox
The First Amendment in bold relief : a "dialogue"
Book II: Commerce & communication
Commerce & its handmaiden : then & now
Commercial communication & its consequences
Commerce, communication & the Constitution
Communication & the capitalist culture
Absolut protection? : a "dialogue"
Book III Discourse & intercourse
The rise of the pornographic state
The logic of the erotic
Body politics & the ambivalent citizenry
War & pleasure in pornutopia
Rubber, reason & religion in pornutopia
Respectable stories for an unrespectable state
How worthy a tradition? : a "dialogue"
Epilogue: Deliberate lies & deliberative democracy
The discourse of death.
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