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A cross-cultural perspective on videostyles of presidential debates in the US and Korea

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This study intends to examine the representation of cultural values through the presidential candidate debates of the US and South Korea. A content analysis of the videostyles of debates in these two countries showed that political debates seemed to manifest differences in cultural values at large due to their nature as conspicuous indicators of cultural values. By examining specific verbal components of the debates, however, this study revealed that the nature of presidential debates might actually overpower cultural norms, which are likely to be embedded in debates. These findings imply that by imitating campaign practice developments in the US, many countries are transitioning to media-centered democracies in which various forms of mass media, particularly television, technological innovations, and political marketing approaches, have grown to play a significant role in influencing and changing the nature of electoral communication and other political practices around the globe.

Keywords: South Korea; US; culture; debate; videostyles

Document Type: Research Article


Affiliations: Department of Journalism and Communications, Sungkyunkwan University, South Korea

Publication date: 2008-03-01

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