Presidential Spectacles: Political Illusionism and the Rhetoric of Travel
This essay explores the rhetorical implications of presidential travel spectacles. A form of political illusionism, travel spectacles enable administrations to marginalize verbal eloquence, visually simplify complex political issues, narratively interpret presidential agendas, synoptically reify presidential personae, and construct or mystify political realities. Discussed are implications of political illusionism for the presidency, citizenry, and rhetorical critic.
Erickson, K. V.
(1998). Presidential Spectacles: Political Illusionism and the Rhetoric of Travel. Communication Monographs, 65(2), 141-153.
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