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

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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: 1/28/2005
  • 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.
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Table of Contents

Introduction: Media Spectacle and Politics in the Contemporary Era

Chapter 1: Grand Theft 2000: Media Spectacle and a Stolen Election

Chapter 2: 9/11, Spectacles of Terror, and Perpetual War

Chapter 3: The Axis of Evil, Preemptive Strikes, and the Road to Iraq

Chapter 4: Pandora's Box: Bush's War on Iraq

Chapter 5: Media Spectacle and Election 2004

Chapter 6: Decision 2004: The War for the White House

Conclusion: The Media, Elections, and the Crisis of Democracy

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