School of Social Science

What to Do with Sound-Bites: On Politics and Propaganda in the 21st Century

Danielle Allen
Institute for Advanced Study
February 27, 2008

Danielle Allen, UPS Foundation Professor, School of Social Science. The political season is upon us and so, if they were not before, our newspapers, radios, computer screens, and televisions are now overfull with sound-bites; and countless people are complaining about the degradation of political conversation. But is a sound-bite really such a bad thing?