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Message, myopia, dystopia

Michael Silverstein

Abstract


The workings of “message”—a coherent, brand-like biographical chronotope—as it has long-circulated in the specifically American system of fifty-state presidential electoral politics helps to explain the outcome of the 2016 vote. The agōn  of positive and negative messaging about the respective candidates, Secretary Clinton and Mr. Trump, seems to have worked, at the regional margins of an otherwise remarkably stable system, to the ultimate disadvantage of the former and the ultimate advantage of the latter.


Keywords


US electoral politics, political message, Hillary Clinton, Donald J. Trump

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DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.14318/hau7.1.027