Prof. McDevitt is working on a book: Where Ideas Go to Die: The Fate of Intellect in American Journalism (Oxford University Press). He documents how anti-intellectualism is encoded in routine news content and channeled in more spectacular cases of media ritual. Chapters draw evidence from a national survey of journalism students, interviews of 'dangerous professors' targeted by vigilante groups, and case studies that document journalistic complicity in the rise of authoritarian populism. In political socialization, Prof. McDevitt explores influences of family, media and schools in the cultivation of youth civic development and ideological identity. This research highlights the value of conflict seeking and deliberation in youth expression, rather than adopting the prevailing view of political development as internalization and conflict avoidance.
political communication, political socialization, youth civic engagement, political identity, journalism studies, media studies, media sociology, anti-intellectualism, populism, deliberation