T. Parry-Giles Authors Analysis of Political Images and Campaign 2008
Associate professor Trevor Parry-Giles is the author of a newly published article about political images and the 2008 presidential campaign. The essay, entitled "Resisting a 'Treacherous Piety': Issues, Images, and Public Policy Deliberation in Presidential Campaigns" appears in the March 2010 issue of Rhetoric & Public Affairs.
In his essay, Parry-Giles explores the ways in which the issue/image dichotomy operates as a default criticism of democratic practice by examining its basis in persistent tensions and idealistic theories of democracy. Turning to political practice, he then explores the articulation and value of political image rhetorics offered during the 2008 presidential election, paying particular attention to political advertisements from the Obama and McCain campaigns that appeared after their nominations were assured but before the national nominating conventions. Ultimately, Parry-Giles offers a normative justification of political image rhetorics in campaign discourse as beneficial to deliberation about public policy and political leadership.
Citation: Trevor Parry-Giles, "Resisting a 'Treacherous Piety': Issues, Images, and Public Policy Deliberation in Presidential Campaigns," Rhetoric & Public Affairs, 13 (2010): 37-63.