Media Spectacle and the Crisis of Democracy: Terrorism, War, and Election Battles

Media Spectacle and the Crisis of Democracy: Terrorism, War, and Election Battles

by Douglas Kellner, Douglas Kellner
     
 

Media Spectacle and the Crisis of Democracy investigates the rapidly changing role of the media after the momentous political events since 9/11. Kellner shows how corporate media ownership, linked with a rightward shift of establishment media, have disadvantaged the Democrats and benefited the Republicans.

Kellner argues that "media spectacles' have come to dominate

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Overview

Media Spectacle and the Crisis of Democracy investigates the rapidly changing role of the media after the momentous political events since 9/11. Kellner shows how corporate media ownership, linked with a rightward shift of establishment media, have disadvantaged the Democrats and benefited the Republicans.

Kellner argues that "media spectacles' have come to dominate news covereage and distract the public from the substance of real public issues. Exploring the role of media spectacle in the 9/11 attacks and subsequent Terror Wars in Afghanistan and Iraq, Kellner documents the centrality of media politics in advancing foreign policy agendas and militarism. He reveals how conflicting political forces ranging from Al Qaeda to the Bush administration construct media spectacles to advance their politics. Two chapters delineate the role of the media in the highly significant 2004 election campaign that many believe to be one of the key political struggles of the contemporary era. Criticizing unilateralism abroad, Kellner argues for a multilateral and cosmopolitan globalization and the need for democratic media to take a more decisive role to overcome the current crisis of democracy.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781594511189
Publisher:
Paradigm Publishers
Publication date:
01/28/2005
Pages:
288
Product dimensions:
5.80(w) x 8.60(h) x 0.60(d)

Meet the Author

Douglas Kellner, Professor in the Graduate School of Education, UCLA, is the author of many books, including Grand Theft 2000 (Rowman & Littlefield 2001) about the last presidential election.

Table of Contents

Introduction : media spectacle and politics in the contemporary era
Ch. 1Grand theft 2000 : media spectacle and a stolen election1
Ch. 2Spectacles of terror and perpetual war25
Ch. 3Preemptive strikes and the war on Iraq : a critique of Bush administration unilateralism and militarism45
Ch. 4Pandora's box : the Iraq horror show77
Ch. 5Media spectacle and election 2004107
Ch. 6Decision 2004 : the war for the White House165
Conclusion : salvaging democracy after election 2004213

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