Siegel: Triumph of culture over politics - Part 2 listen09/18/08 Mitch E. Perry
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New polls released in the past few days indicate that John McCain’s bounce from the Republican National Convention and his selection of Alaskan Gov. Sarah Palin has subsided.
The election remains neck and neck, 47 days before Americans go to the polls. But there is no doubt that the selection of only the second woman on a presidential ticket has added a new dimension to the race.
Some analysts have said that the insertion of the pro-life, pro NRA Palin has brought the culture wars back to the spotlight.
In an essay authored last Saturday in the Wall Street Journal called "The Triumph of Culture Over Politics," cultural critic Lee Siegel wrote that there is not much of a cultural war in the country because Democrats don’t participate, insisting on sticking to political issues. And he says that has cost them in the past.
But that was before the financial instability rocked Wall Street this week.
In the second part of our interview with Siegel, the New York City based critic discusses the significance of race in this election – an issue he says the media has been derelict in discussing up to now, and what he says might lead Barack Obama to do another speech on the issue before the election.
Siegel’s book criticizing web culture, Against the Machine: Being Human in the Age of the Electronic Mob, was published earlier this year.