Constructing Clinton: Hyperreality and Presidential Image-Making in Postmodern Politics

Constructing Clinton: Hyperreality and Presidential Image-Making in Postmodern Politics

by Shawn J. Parry-Giles, Trevor Parry-Giles
     
 

ISBN-10: 0820456950

ISBN-13: 9780820456959

Pub. Date: 01/01/2002

Publisher: Peter Lang Publishing Inc.

Bill Clinton is the embodiment and epitome of American politics in the postmodern, mediated age. Clinton’s able marshaling of images, which allowed him to retain popularity and position when faced with compelling obstacles, marks him as the preeminent figure in a fluid and fluctuating era of image-politics. Constructing Clinton: Hyperreality &

Overview

Bill Clinton is the embodiment and epitome of American politics in the postmodern, mediated age. Clinton’s able marshaling of images, which allowed him to retain popularity and position when faced with compelling obstacles, marks him as the preeminent figure in a fluid and fluctuating era of image-politics. Constructing Clinton: Hyperreality & Presidential Image-Making in Postmodern Politics pays particular attention to the collection of disparate, sometimes connected, often random images that create a site of political meaning we know as «Bill Clinton, former president of the United States.» Through analyses of unique image texts - including The Man from Hope, The War Room, Primary Colors, MTV’s Biorhythms, and PBS’ The American President - Constructing Clinton focuses on the image of Bill Clinton as it was defined by and trapped in the hyperreality so characteristic of contemporary presidential politics.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780820456959
Publisher:
Peter Lang Publishing Inc.
Publication date:
01/01/2002
Series:
Frontiers in Political Communications Ser.
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
245
Product dimensions:
6.30(w) x 9.06(h) x (d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgmentsix
Introduction: Hyperreal Politics, Bill Clinton, and U.S. Political Culture in the 1990s1
Chapter 1The Man from Hope: Hyperreal Intimacy and the Invention of Bill Clinton24
Chapter 2Meta-Imaging, The War Room, and the Hyperreal Campaign52
Chapter 3Political Nostalgia, Hyperreal History, and the 1996 Presidential Campaign83
Chapter 4Primary Colors and the Hyperreal Authentication of Bill Clinton118
Chapter 5Bill Clinton's Hyperreal Legacy157
Afterword: Postmodern Presidentiality and the Future of Image Politics187
Bibliography207
Index237

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