Triumph of the Image: The Media's War in the Persian Gulf, A Global Perspective / Edition 1

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Overview


The triumph of image over reality and reason is the theme of this book. New communication technologies have made possible the transportation of images and words in real time to hundreds of millions of people around the world. We thought we witnessed the Gulf War as we sat, mesmerized by the imagery. But the studies from the many countries assembled for this book suggest that it was not the war in the Persian Gulf that we witnessed but rather imagery orchestrated to convey a sense of triumph and thus to achieve results that reality and reason could never have achieved.The book offers contributions from thirty-four authors in eighteen countries, including short samplings from the media of several regions. The authors explore the social, economic, and political context of media coverage in their countries, the domination of one image in most of them, and the struggle for alternative perspectives. The authors probe the dynamics of image-making and pose some challenges for the future as well as provide us with a unique glimpse of how the world outside of the United States (as well as many Americans) viewed the war in the Persian Gulf and how the dynamics of image-making and information control operate.Triumph of the Image will be useful to scholars and students in communications and mass media, international relations, political science, cultural studies, propaganda, censorship, and contemporary history as well as to the general public.
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Contributions from 35 authors representing 18 countries, as well as short samplings from the media of several regions, provide a welcome perspective on how the world outside the US (as well as many Americans) viewed the Persian Gulf War. The authors, most critical of the images conveyed by the dominant media and of the conduct of the war itself, explore the social, economic, and political context of media coverage in their countries, the domination of one image in most of them, and the struggle for alternative perspectives. No index. Paper edition (unseen), $19.95. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Meet the Author


George Gerbner is professor emeritus at the Annenberg School for Communication at the University of Pennsylvania. Hamid Mowlana is professor of communication at American University and president of the International Association of Media Research. Herbert I. Schiller is professor emeritus of communication at the University of California at San Diego. George Gerbner is professor emeritus at the Annenberg School for Communication at the University of Pennsylvania. Hamid Mowlana is professor of communication at American University and president of the International Association of Media Research. Herbert I. Schiller is professor emeritus of communication at the University of California at San Diego. George Gerbner is professor emeritus at the Annenberg School for Communication at the University of Pennsylvania. Hamid Mowlana is professor of communication at American University and president of the International Association of Media Research. Herbert I. Schiller is professor emeritus of communication at the University of California at San Diego.
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Table of Contents

Preface
Acknowledgments
Pt. 1 Image and Reality
1 A Third World War: A Political Economy of the Persian Gulf War and the New World Order 3
2 Manipulating Hearts and Minds 22
3 Roots of War: The Long Road of Intervention 30
4 The Media and the War: What War? 51
Pt. 2 Many Nations, One Image
5 The New World Odour: The Indian Experience 67
6 The State, the Malaysian Press, and the War in West Asia 75
A Sense of Kenbei in Japan 88
Japanese Position in the War and Regional Issues 88
Japanese Media and the War 90
7 The War Close to Home: The Turkish Media 96
8 The Iranian Press and the Persian Gulf War: The Impact of Western News Agencies 99
Western Media: Guilty Until Proved Innocent 104
9 War Reporting: Collateral Damage in the European Theater 106
10 Ruling by Pooling 118
11 Innovations of Moral Policy 128
12 Truth: The First Victim of War? 137
13 Public Opinion and Media War Coverage in Britain 144
A Soviet Snapshot 158
Coverage of the Gulf War by the Spanish and Catalonian Media 158
The War as Telenovela 163
14 A Sampling of Editorial Responses from the Middle Eastern Press on the Persian Gulf Crisis 166
Pt. 3 Coming Back to Reality
15 Twisting the U.N. Charter to U.S. Ends 175
16 CNN: Elites Talking to Elites 181
17 Exterminating Angels: Morality, Violence, and Technology in the Gulf War 202
Back to the Future 213
18 More Viewing, Less Knowledge 216
Joysticks, Manhood, and George Bush's Horse 234
19 Clusters of Reality Bombed into Bold Relief 236
Dangers of the Cultural Invasion? 242
20 Persian Gulf War, the Movie 243
About the Book 266
About the Editors and Contributors 267
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