During this National Week of Conversation 2021, it is a privilege to invite you to a special event. On Wednesday, June 16, our very own Dr. Timothy Shaffer will interview a member of our Research Network, Dr. Kevin Coe, along with Dr. Joshua Scacco, about their new book, The Ubiquitous Presidency: Presidential Communication and Digital Democracy in Tumultuous Times. We hope you can join us as we explore the goals and contexts of modern presidential communication.
The American Presidency has for a long time been, to quote a former holder of that office, a ‘bully pulpit’ from which Presidents have shaped the public discourse as new media technologies and systems have transformed communication. In recent decades, the Presidency has sometimes seemed to cast a dominating shadow over the rest of government and society, by dint of its media influence. Is that the way it’s always been, or has it changed subtly decade by decade? What does that do for our governance and our politics– does it help, hurt, or something else? How should ordinary Americans approach the Presidency’s media reach as we think about the issues we care most about?
Join us and our longtime friends and partners at Braver Angels for a special conversation on our political system, media environment, and the political culture they’ve driven and informed over the last few decades. Dr. Coe and Dr. Scacco will discuss their new book, The Ubiquitous Presidency: Presidential Communication and Digital Democracy in Tumultuous Times.