Douglas Kellner's American Nightmare: Donald Trump, Media Spectacle, and PDF

By Douglas Kellner

Explaining the Donald Trump phenomenon is a problem that would occupy serious theorists of U.S. politics for years yet to come. to begin with, Donald Trump gained the Republican fundamental contest and is now a contender within the U.S. Presidential Election simply because he's the master of media spectacle, which he has deployed to create resonant photos of himself in his company profession, in his attempt to develop into a star and reality-TV big name, and now his political crusade. extra disturbingly, Trump embodies Authoritarian Populism and has used racism, nationalism, xenophobia, Islamophobia, and the worrying underside of yank politics to mobilize his supporters in his profitable Republican fundamental crusade and within the hotly contested 2016 common election.

The Trump phenomenon is a teachable moment that is helping us comprehend the alterations and contour of U.S. politics within the modern second and the function of broadcast media, new media and social networking, and the politics of the spectacle. Trump finds the specter of authoritarian populism, a phenomenon that's now worldwide in scope, and the risks of the increase to strength of anyone who's hugely harmful, who represents the worst of the 1 percentage billionaire enterprise category who masquerades as a “voice of the forgotten guy” as he advances a political time table that principally merits the wealthy and the army, and who's a transparent and current possibility to U.S. democracy and international peace. The e-book records how Trump’s upward push to international star and now political strength is certain up together with his use of media spectacle and the way his use of authoritarian populism has created a mass flow past his presidency and a chance to the traditions of U.S. democracy in addition to fiscal safety and international peace.

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75 Trump doesn’t stress this connection but it serves as a dog-whistle to some of his extreme rightwing followers. ”76 “‘America First’ will be the major and overriding theme of my administration,” he said in his remarks after Brexit. To him, that meant disconnecting from other countries: more barriers to trade, tougher negotiations with longstanding allies in NATO, and a more restrictive immigration policy. Trump’s “America First” discourse is thus an important part of his “Make America Great Again” discourse and links Trump’s isolationism with his anti-NATO and pro-Putin discourse.

66 Trump’s appalling reference to Megyn Kelly’s blood is paralleled by his off-color comments about Hillary Clinton ranting that her use of the bathroom during a Democratic Party debate was “too disgusting” to talk about – “disgusting, really disgusting,” he repeated. He also delighted in recounting how Ms. Clinton got “schlonged” by Barack Obama when she lost to him in the 2008 Democratic primary. For weeks following, Trump continued war with “crazy Megyn” leading Fox News to respond in her defense: Donald Trump’s vitriolic attacks against Megyn Kelly and his extreme, sick obsession with her is beneath the dignity of a presidential candidate who wants to occupy the highest 35 Donald Trump as Authoritarian Populist: A Frommian Analysis office in the land.

Commentators agreed with many in the audience that Melania Trump made a poised and appealing pitch for her husband in what was taken as one of the best speeches of the convention. While delegates and TV commentators were agreed that she’d hit a “grand-slam home run,” minutes after the conclusion of the convention Day One, the media revealed that a blogger had discovered that there were paragraphs lifted from a 2008 convention speech by Michelle Obama. Melania’s plagiarism soon became the most discussed theme of the Republican convention and continued to dominate media chatter for the next three days.

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