Media Matters: Race and Gender in U. S. Politics

Overview

Detailing the eroding line between "real" and "media" events, Fiske explores the media's treatment of the O. J. Simpson arrest and pretrial hearings, the L.A. uprisings, the Anita Hill-Clarence Thomas hearings, and the "family values" debate between Dan Quayle and Murphy Brown. He illustrates how African Americans, Korean Americans, Latinos, and women have succeeded in making their hitherto unheard voices heard and have influenced the nation's reaction to media events such as these. Fiske also analyzes speeches ...
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Overview

Detailing the eroding line between "real" and "media" events, Fiske explores the media's treatment of the O. J. Simpson arrest and pretrial hearings, the L.A. uprisings, the Anita Hill-Clarence Thomas hearings, and the "family values" debate between Dan Quayle and Murphy Brown. He illustrates how African Americans, Korean Americans, Latinos, and women have succeeded in making their hitherto unheard voices heard and have influenced the nation's reaction to media events such as these. Fiske also analyzes speeches by George Bush, Dan Quayle, and Pat Buchanan, along with media commentary by Rush Limbaugh and CNN's Greg LaMotte, to reveal what Americans successfully rejected in ushering out the Reagan era. Through his analysis of the contradictory and diverse voices that make up U.S. culture, Fiske traces the nation's swing away from Reaganism and offers urgent warnings for the future.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780816624638
  • Publisher: University of Minnesota Press
  • Publication date: 3/28/1996
  • Edition description: REV
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 320
  • Sales rank: 1,508,096
  • Product dimensions: 5.88 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Table of Contents

List of Sidebars
Acknowledgments
Introduction 1
Events and a Metaphor 1
A Chronology 14
Ch. 1 Murphy Brown, Dan Quayle, and the Family Row of the Year 21
"Today's Woman" and Family Values 25
Class and Family Values 29
Race and Family Values 37
Whiteness 41
Abortion and Family Values 53
Gay and Lesbian Issues 57
Hyperreality 61
Multiaxiality 65
Figuring People 67
Ch. 2 Hearing Anita Hill (and Viewing Bill Cosby) 75
Racial Sexual Articulations 79
Gender Articulations 86
Articulations of Class 89
Articulations of Alliances 92
Black Figures: Clarence Thomas and Bill Cosby 97
Race and "Today's Woman": Clair Huxtable, Anita Hill, Murphy Brown 104
Not The Cosby Show 114
Black Bart 121
Ch. 3 Los Angeles: A Tale of Three Videos 125
Rodney King and Stacey Koon: Power Working 126
Reginald Denny and Damian Williams Race at Work 149
Latasha Harlins and Soon Ja Du: Consuming Race 159
Ch. 4 Blackstream Knowledge: Genocide 191
Ch. 5 Technostruggles 217
Videotech 218
Audiotech 227
Hierarchies and Multiplicities 235
The Scanscape of Fear 240
Epilogue 235
Notes 277
Selected Bibliography 291
Index 297
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