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Michael Savage and the Political Transformation of Shock Radio

Autor: Zack Stiegler
Revista: Journal of Radio & Audio Media Nº 21 (2)
Link: http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/19376529.2014.950147#

Comedic iterations of shock radio gained notoriety by pushing the boundaries of decency via sexually oriented speech. In recent years, the same shock aesthetics have been adapted to political talk shows, where hate speech now proliferates.

This article examines Michael Savage and his program The Savage Nation as exemplary of this latest variant of shock radio, ultimately arguing that the proliferation of hate speech in politically-oriented programming is a result of the contemporary cultural and regulatory climate.