Richard Katula: The Art of Political Communication

Abstract: The professor of Communication Studies in the University of Northeastern, Richard Katula presents significant features of the art of political communication by referring to events of the United States political history. He also talks about the differences between Greek and United States academic community, the movement of Greek Renaissance, the role of religion in politics and the television rules of political communication.

Richard Katula, a professor of Communication Studies at the Northeastern University of United States, who had been granted a Fulbright scholarship in the past, visited Thessaloniki for a few days at mid July of 2006. Despite his limited time, he kindly accepted our proposal for an interview during which we covered more subjects than I expected.

The interview does not merely highlight important aspects of the modern political communication, but also many of the reasons why United States admire Greek civilisation. Nevertheless, this fact should neither be misinterpreted, nor render us arrogant, since we frequently adopt many elements of the United States culture, although we frequently utilise the derogative term “United States stuff” in our everyday language. To sum up, “we may have given them the lights of civilisation but they gave us back electricity”.

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