Contributors: W. Barnett Pearce, Stephen E. Lucas, Donal Carbaugh, Molefi Kete Asante, Everett M. Rogers, William B Hart, Roderick P. Hart Jr., and Julia T. Wood.

Political Conversation: A Distortion

Political conversation: A distortion
Roderick P.Hart, Jr. University of Texas, Austin

In this essay, I'd like to address an unusually important question: How will the American people carry on political dialogue as the technologies around them evolve in ever-surprising ways? The lecture on which this chapter is based was presented at the Smithsonian Institution, an institution that is devoted in part to preserving the marvelous inventions that have shaped this nation since its beginnings. Not far from where the lecture was delivered can be found the Spirit of St. Louis, Jacquard's Loom, and the first computing device ever built. Wonderful contrivances all.

It has been said that the invention of an age determines the psychology of an age, and perhaps its metaphysics as well. ...

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