Ted Johnson, Brennan Center, American Foundation discussed on C-SPAN


Thank you that was great i would like to thank ted johnson of course and also the brennan center and the new american foundation for uh this invitation on the opportunity to speak to all of you and i really appreciate your coming it's how high of 73 today a really appreciated that i loved the outside so i know you have that choice okay so i'd like to address the connections between political communication social identity and political psychology and by that i mean that hal american elites and american citizens talked about politics reflects how they think and feel about society and the place of different groups within that including both the social groups to which they belong and those that they see as the other as the outsiders that largely symbolic discourse in that thinking shapes political behaviour it shapes the policies and politicians that we support and those that we oppose media discourse in media framing should be seen as one component of that although an important component so i see two themes related to national identity as dominating our political discourse right now and therefore also the american psyche in this moment so first as we've heard many times we have america's changing demographics rate the much discussed idea that america is changing rapidly and that white americans will soon be outnumbered rights of that is framed first of all as a problem the second theme is closely rule later to that and it's that white americans sense that they are under threat that they will lose dominance that they'll lose status and their place in american society the way that the media frame certain public policy issues associating both societal problems and their potential solutions with particular racial groups both reflects and contributes to that sense of threat it pits different groups against one another in competition this media framing certainly helps to exacerbate divisions but it was not created in a vacuum if you look at the 1990s bill clinton for example talked about how progress help every single advancement that has been made has been made on the backs.

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