Glenn Beck’s departure from Fox News does not mean he truly leaves the network. Cable television news has been fundamentally changed as a result of his presence. We look back at Beck’s legacy and what that means for television news.
As the media hand-wringing continues over whether Rev. Terry Jones’s Quran book-burning stunt deserved so much media attention, commentators miss the more important points about this episode and its relationship to contemporary political culture.
While YouTube offers the opportunity for unprecedented political participation through user-crafted videos, it can also house the performance of political lies mascarading as truth. Can citizens resist the attractions of such visual truthiness?