By Douglas Kellner
Explaining the Donald Trump phenomenon is a problem that would occupy serious theorists of U.S. politics for future years. to start with, Donald Trump received the Republican basic 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 photographs of himself in his company occupation, in his attempt to turn into a star and reality-TV famous person, 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 winning 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 unearths 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 type who masquerades as a “voice of the forgotten guy” as he advances a political schedule that principally merits the wealthy and the army, and who's a transparent and current possibility to U.S. democracy and worldwide peace. The publication files how Trump’s upward thrust to international famous person and now political energy is sure up together with his use of media spectacle and the way his use of authoritarian populism has created a mass circulation past his presidency and a risk to the traditions of U.S. democracy in addition to financial protection and international peace.
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American Nightmare: Donald Trump, Media Spectacle, and Authoritarian Populism by Douglas Kellner