Studies of Communication in the 2020 Presidential Campaign explores a wide range of communication elements, themes, and topics of the 2020 presidential election. The introduction provides a brief snapshot summarizing the role of more traditional elements of campaign communication as well as the newer elements of social media and journalistic practices that transformed the political landscape in 2020. Each chapter serves as a stand-alone study focusing on the role and function of communication within the context of the chapter topics and the 2020 election.
Robert E. Denton, Jr. holds the W. Thomas Rice Chair in the Pamplin College of Business and is professor and director of the School of Communication at Virginia Tech.
Table of Contents
Introduction and Overview: The Historic and Tragic Presidential Campaign of 2020
Robert E Denton, Jr., Virginia Tech
1. Shadowboxing: Trump’s Campaign Against Biden’s Null Persona
Dennis C. Cali, University of Texas at Tyler and Kelley E. Connor, University of Texas at Tyler
2. Donald Trump, Joe Biden, and the Construction of Crisis in Campaign 2020
Diana Zulli, Purdue University and Kevin Coe, University of Utah
3. The Trump Card: The Virtue and Vulnerability of a Narrative-based Presidency
Pat Loebs, Grace College and Karly Poyner-Smith, University of Memphis
4. The Democratic Primary Debates in Political Cartoons, or, Santa Claus Gets Voted Off Fantasy Island
Christina M. Knopf, SUNY Cortland
5. Blue Privilege and Presidential Election 2020: The Empire Returns
Benjamin Voth, Southern Methodist University
6. The 2020 Presidential Campaign, Election and Outcome: “The Agenda-Spin Persuasion Wars”
Theodore F. Sheckels, Randolph-Macon College and Richard E. Vatz, Towson University
7 Trump as the Embodiment of Plato’s Critique of Rhetoric
Timothy C. McGee, Rider University and David R. Dewberry, Rider University
8. Face Threats in the 2020 Presidential Debates
Edward A. Hinck, Shelly S. Hinck, University of Central Michigan, Robert S. Hinck, Air University (Maxwell Air Force Base) and William O. Dailey, University of Central Michigan.
"Bob Denton has done it again. With every election cycle he brings together stronger and stronger examinations of communication in the campaign context. The election of 2020 in many ways challenged our democratic system, and in this examination of that momentous election Denton's contributors push our own understanding of the limits and efficacy of political communication. Like it's predecessors, this book is a must have for any scholar interested in politics or political communication."