The Only Constant is Change: Technology, Political Communication, and Innovation Over Time

ISBN : 9780190698980

Ben Epstein
272 Pages
156 x 235 mm
Pub date
Jun 2018
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The overarching goals of political communication rarely change, yet political communication strategies have evolved a great deal over the course of American history. This book explores the technological, behavioral, and political forces that bring about disruptive and permanent changes in political communication. Covering over 300 years of political communication revolutions, Ben Epstein provides greater understanding of where we are currently in the recurring political communication cycle, and where we might be headed.


Abbreviations and Acronyms
Chapter 1: Introduction: The Elements of Political Communication Change
Phase I: The Technological Imperative
Chapter 2: The Social and Technological History of Political Communication Change
Chapter 3: The Technological Imperative: How and When New Communication Technology Becomes Politically Viable
Phase II: Political Choice
Chapter 4: Political Choice: The Behavioral Role in Political Communication Change
Case Studies
Chapter 5: Political Choice and Campaign Communication Innovation: Why Campaigns Have the Most Consistent Innovation Adoption
Chapter 6: Innovation by Political Outsiders: Why Social Movements Innovate Early and Why it Rarely Matters
Chapter 7: Interest Group Innovation: How Different Target Audiences Affect Political Communication Goals
Phase III: Stabilization
Chapter 8: The Stabilization Process Then and Now
Chapter 9: Conclusion: Where We Are and Where We Might Be Headed

About the author: 

Ben Epstein is Assistant Professor of Political Science at DePaul University and has over 15 years of teaching experience in a variety of high school and university settings around the United States. His research is focused primarily on American political development and political communication innovations, with particular emphasis on the intersection of the internet and politics.

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