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Hart, Roderick P.

Works: 51 works in 222 publications in 1 language and 10,762 library holdings
Genres: Criticism, interpretation, etc  Drama  Short films  Fiction  Biographical films  Documentary-style films 
Roles: Author, Editor, Actor
Classifications: HE8700.76.U6, 324.730973
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Most widely held works about Roderick P Hart
Most widely held works by Roderick P Hart
Seducing America : how television charms the modern voter by Roderick P Hart( )

25 editions published between 1994 and 1999 in English and held by 2,525 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In our television age, we may believe that politics has become more immediate, even more personal. After all, the drama of debates, Congressional hearings, and summit meetings unfolds before us as we lounge comfortably in our living rooms. And with call-in shows where the "average citizen" can offer opinions as Al Gore and Ross Perot slug it out over NAFTA, we may even think that we are more a part of the political process than ever before. But as Roderick P. Hart reveals in this fascinating new book, while television may make us feel informed and clever about contemporary politics, it is actually distracting us from the realities of political power in American life. In Seducing America, Hart offers a strikingly new interpretation of how television has changed us as citizens and as voters. While other researchers have examined the ways in which television has influenced politics - as in the use of negative campaigning - this book focuses on the changes television has made in how we feel toward the whole process. Despite ubiquitous political talk shows, Ross Perot's infomercials, and Jerry Brown's 800 number, voter turnout decreases at an alarming rate and studies show that Americans are more disillusioned with politics than ever before. Hart shows that television's seeming empowerment of viewers is spurious, and it is from this false sense of intimacy that our distrust and disillusionment spring. Television flatters viewers by making us feel close to our leaders, when we are, in fact, far removed. It makes us feel informed (when we are not), feel busy (when we are politically inactive), and feel clever (when we adopt the cool cynicism of political insiders). Most of all, it makes us feel important by substituting symbolic victories and media access for real, substantive power. While television stirs in us strong emotional responses to political issues, we remain unsatisfied. Why? And, more important, what can we do to stem voter apathy and dissatisfaction?With its fresh and incisive examination of television's role in American politics, this book offers some important - and often surprising - answers to these questions. What we need, argues Hart, is a New Puritanism. As an antidote to the disillusioning electronic world we now inhabit, Hart advocates a return to the values of our ancestors, a rediscovered understanding that duty, community, and hope - not television's wry uncertainties - offer the keys to political wisdom. A penetrating and witty analysis that shifts the focus from the public arena to the private home, Seducing America shows that much of the blame for our political dissatisfaction rests not with the spin doctors, journalists, and politicians, but with ourselves. It is a book that all Americans should read before the next election year begins. (book jacket)
Campaign talk : why elections are good for us by Roderick P Hart( )

20 editions published between 2000 and 2009 in English and held by 2,485 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"In the midst of today's increased media hype surrounding elections, Americans and the candidates they elect do seem to be listening to each other--as much as they did in years gone by. Hart's wide-ranging, objective investigation upends many of our stereotypes about political life and presents a new, more bracing, understanding of contemporary electoral behavior. Book jacket."--Jacket
The political pulpit revisited by Roderick P Hart( )

13 editions published between 1977 and 2005 in English and held by 1,089 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The sound of leadership : presidential communication in the modern age by Roderick P Hart( Book )

10 editions published in 1987 in English and held by 829 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Modern rhetorical criticism by Roderick P Hart( Book )

40 editions published between 1989 and 2018 in English and Undetermined and held by 554 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"A comprehensive and up-to-date introduction to the analysis of public rhetoric, this book illustrates for readers how to examine and interpret rhetorical situations, ideas, arguments, structure, and style. The book covers a wide range of critical techniques, from cultural and dramatistic analysis to feminist and Marxist approaches. A wealth of original criticism demonstrates how to analyze such diverse forms as junk mail, congressional debates, and traffic regulations, as well as literature"
Verbal style and the presidency : a computer-based analysis by Roderick P Hart( Book )

9 editions published in 1984 in English and held by 522 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Public communication by Roderick P Hart( Book )

14 editions published between 1975 and 2009 in English and Undetermined and held by 498 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The political pulpit by Roderick P Hart( Book )

6 editions published in 1977 in English and held by 472 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Political keywords : using language that uses us( Book )

9 editions published between 2005 and 2006 in English and held by 351 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Political Keywords presents an overview of how American political communication has been changed by the use of certain dominant political terms. The book therefore offers something new, based as it is on eleven separate studies of the political language used in the United States during the last half-century. The studies on which our findings are based derive from several large databases assembled at the University of Texas during the past decade
Politics, discourse, and American society : new agendas( Book )

5 editions published in 2001 in English and held by 345 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

What is the purpose of talk in a democratic society? Do the American people interact with their government in distinctive ways? Are the nation's mass media helpful or harmful to the democratic experience? In this text, contributors present work on how politics is transacted in American society and how public communication affects those transactions. They also lay out directions for future research, thereby putting fresh ideas on the scholarly agenda. The authors ask whether the American president is genuinely powerful, if lawsuits have become a way of changing the nations politics, whether public opinion polling is really objective, and whether politics can be distinguished from pop culture
Communication in U.S. elections : new agendas( Book )

4 editions published in 2001 in English and held by 335 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Political tone : how leaders talk and why by Roderick P Hart( Book )

11 editions published in 2013 in English and held by 330 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"It's not what you say, but how you say it. Solving problems with words is the essence of politics, and finding the right words for the moment can make or break a politician's career. Yet very little has been said in political science about the elusive element of tone. In Political Tone, Roderick P. Hart, Jay P. Childers, and Colene J. Lind analyze a range of texts--from speeches and debates to advertising and print and broadcast campaign coverage-- using a sophisticated computer program, DICTION, that parses their content for semantic features like realism, commonality, and certainty, as well as references to religion, party, or patriotic terms. Beginning with a look at how societal forces like diversity and modernity manifest themselves as political tones in the contexts of particular leaders and events, the authors proceed to consider how individual leaders have used tone to convey their messages: How did Bill Clinton's clever dexterity help him recover from the Monica Lewinsky scandal? How did Barack Obama draw on his experience as a talented community activist to overcome his inexperience as a national leader? And how does Sarah Palin's wandering tone indicate that she trusts her listeners and is open to their ideas? By focusing not on the substance of political arguments but on how they were phrased, Political Tone provides powerful and unexpected insights into American politics."--Publisher's website
Communication and language analysis in the public sphere by Roderick P Hart( )

6 editions published in 2014 in English and held by 139 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"This book explores the influence of the World Wide Web on the relationships between ordinary citizens and the ability to communicate with politicians, celebrities, and the media"--
Civic hope : how ordinary Americans keep democracy alive by Roderick P Hart( Book )

1 edition published in 2018 in English and held by 118 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Civic Hope is a history of what everyday Americans say - in their own words - about the government overseeing their lives. Based on a highly original analysis of 10,000 letters to the editor from 1948 to the present published in twelve US cities, the book overcomes the limitations of survey data by revealing the reasons for people's attitudes. While Hart identifies worrisome trends - including a decline in writers' abilities to explain what their opponents believe and their attachment to national touchstones - he also shows why the nation still thrives. Civic Hope makes a powerful case that the vitality of a democracy lies not in its strengths but in its weaknesses and in the willingness of its people to address those weaknesses without surcease. The key, Hart argues, is to sustain a culture of argument at the grassroots level
Communication and language analysis in the corporate world by Roderick P Hart( )

7 editions published in 2014 in English and held by 97 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"This book provides insight into the verbiage of the corporate world and the influence of this environment for a person's speech pattern, language, and terminology"--
Dreaming rivers( Visual )

3 editions published between 1988 and 1997 in English and held by 25 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Upon the death of their mother, who emigrated to England from St. Lucia to be with their father, two sisters and a brother of white English and Black Caribbean parentage attempt to fathom her psyche, her homesickness and depression after their father left the family, and their own ambiguous sense of identity and belonging
Surface properties of Texas lignite coal by J. C Metsa( Book )

2 editions published in 1980 in English and held by 5 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Carroll Arnold as an intellectual force : some reflections( Book )

1 edition published in 1998 in English and held by 4 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Obvious by Black Britain (Musical group)( Recording )

in Undetermined and held by 4 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Philosophical commonality and speech types by Roderick P Hart( Book )

3 editions published between 1970 and 1981 in English and held by 3 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This study attempts to investigate the nature of speech types and to arrive at hypotheses for a theory of rhetorical genres. The investigation tries inductively to answer the question: To what extent do recurrent rhetorical patterns suggest groupings of speeches on the basis of presuppositions philosophically shared between speakers and listeners? A sample of 54 contemporary speeches was subjected to 19 critical examinations. The analyses suggested five general clusterings of speeches. The first speech type identified was called doctrinal, since speakers and listeners in these situations shared commitments to formal doctrines or dogmas. The second speech type was called quasi-doctrinal, since speakers shifted between very doctrinal behavior and decidedly non-doctrinal speaking patterns. A third cluster of speeches were practical in that they constantly emphasized the purposes of certain organizations. A fourth speech type identified consisted of speeches addressed to apparently uncommitted listeners--uncertain rhetoric. The rhetorical behaviors of a fifth group of speeches appeared "cautious." The differences between the different genres identified are differences of degree rather than kind. The hypothesis which appears warranted by the study is: Human discourses will congregate at at least five major points on a line extending from situations in which speakers and listeners shared few if any immediately pertinent presuppositions to situations in which philosophical commonality is pronounced. (Author/CK)
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Campaign talk : why elections are good for us
Campaign talk : why elections are good for usThe political pulpit revisitedThe sound of leadership : presidential communication in the modern ageModern rhetorical criticismPolitical keywords : using language that uses usPolitics, discourse, and American society : new agendasCommunication in U.S. elections : new agendas
Alternative Names
Hart, Roderick 1945-

Hart, Roderick P.

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