Coarseness in U.S. public communication

Philip Dalton, Eric Mark Kramer

Research output: Book/ReportBook


Proceeding from the assumption that all manner of public communication in the United States is becoming increasingly coarse, this book argues that shared cultural notions of decency are being eroded by market logic - a decision making calculus based solely upon the aggregate preferences of self-interested individuals. The instrumentality of communication in this paradigm eclipses communication's expressive potential, leaving our culture to value only communication's capacity to achieve individual ends.
Original languageEnglish (US)
Place of PublicationMadison, WI
PublisherFairleigh Dickinson University Press
Number of pages233
ISBN (Print)9781611475036, 161147504X, 9781322328393, 1611475031, 1322328390, 9781611475043
StatePublished - 2012

Publication series

NameThe Fairleigh Dickinson University Press series in communication studies

Bibliographical note

Includes bibliographical references and index


  • Mass media and culture
  • Vulgarité
  • United States
  • Communication et culture
  • États-Unis
  • Civilization
  • Vulgarity
  • Communication and culture
  • Mass media
  • Médias et culture
  • Médias
  • Communication


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