The Media and the Persian Gulf War

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Many scholars call the Persian Gulf conflict the first prime-time war. Certainly, the technologies, strategies, and skills of the military in managing the public agenda were equal to those of the television networks and major print organizations. The Media and the Persian Gulf War focuses on the processes and effects of the media, both leading up to and during the mother of all battles in 1990 and 1991.

Broad in scope and varied in methodologies, the chapters span the media of ...

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Overview

Many scholars call the Persian Gulf conflict the first prime-time war. Certainly, the technologies, strategies, and skills of the military in managing the public agenda were equal to those of the television networks and major print organizations. The Media and the Persian Gulf War focuses on the processes and effects of the media, both leading up to and during the mother of all battles in 1990 and 1991.

Broad in scope and varied in methodologies, the chapters span the media of television, radio, print, and film. Chapters discuss such specific topics as the relationship between the press and the censoring military, CNN's and C-SPAN's coverage, how talk radio and television covered the war, the media's depiction of women in the military, the Gulf War as a referent in advertising, and how popular culture legitimized the war. This work will be an important resource for scholars in political and mass communication, popular culture, and political science.

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ROBERT E. DENTON, JR. is Professor and Head of the Department of Communication Studies at Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University.

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Table of Contents

Illustrations
Series Foreword
Preface
Acknowledgments
1 The Rules of the Game: The Military and the Press in the Persian Gulf War 1
2 Television as an Instrument of War 27
3 The Natural, and Inevitable, Phases of War Reporting: Historical Shadows, New Communication in the Persian Gulf 43
4 Media Perspectives on World Opinion During the Kuwaiti Crisis 71
5 Vox Populi: Talk Radio and TV Cover the Gulf War 89
6 Constructing News Narratives: ABC and CNN Cover the Gulf War 107
7 C-SPAN's Coverage of the Gulf War: Television as Town Square 123
8 News Viewing, Authoritarianism, and Attitudes Toward the Gulf War 145
9 War in the Global Village: A Seven-Country Comparison of Television News Coverage of the Beginning of the Gulf War 165
10 Media Coverage of Women in the Gulf War 197
11 "What Did You Advertise with the War, Daddy?": Using the Persian Gulf War as a Referent System in Advertising 213
12 Celluloid Heroes and Smart Bombs: Hollywood at War in the Middle East 235
13 From the Great War to the Gulf War: Popular Entertainment and the Legitimation of Warfare 257
Selected Bibliography 285
Index 295
About the Editor and Contributors 299
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