Reason and Politics: Maimonides, Television and the Political Imagination

By Tsvi Blanchard

CLAL: the National Jewish Center for Learning and Leadership, October 11, 2002

The author responds to a 2002 New York Times report which states that political strategists have downgraded the importance of television advertising, purportedly in order to replace image and imagination-driven appeals with "reasoned" grassroots campaigns. The author cautions against celebrating this new emphasis, asserting that in the current American reality, politicians always integrate shared imagery and emotional appeals into political efforts, whether on television or in grassroots campaigns. The author warns of dangers facing a society which employs imagination instead of reason in its decisions. He advocates the adoption of reasoned democratic discussion by means of the creation of public spaces for reasoned argument.

Topic: Political Behavior, Culture, Public Policy, Politics, Television

Name of Publication: Politics and Policy Archive

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Genre: Brief

Coverage: United States

Language: English

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Bibliographic Information:
Blanchard, Tsvi. Reason and Politics: Maimonides, Television and the Political Imagination. Politics and Policy Archive. CLAL: the National Jewish Center for Learning and Leadership. 11 October 2002: http://www.bjpa.org/Publications/details.cfm?PublicationID=2215


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