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

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

by Hamid Mowlana, George Gerbner
     
 


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… See more details below

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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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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780813316109
Publisher:
Westview Press
Publication date:
09/28/1992
Series:
Critical Studies in Communication and in the Cultural Industries Series
Edition description:
REV
Pages:
269
Product dimensions:
6.02(w) x 9.04(h) x 0.70(d)
Lexile:
1420L (what's this?)

Table of Contents

Preface
Acknowledgments
Pt. 1Image and Reality
1A Third World War: A Political Economy of the Persian Gulf War and the New World Order3
2Manipulating Hearts and Minds22
3Roots of War: The Long Road of Intervention30
4The Media and the War: What War?51
Pt. 2Many Nations, One Image
5The New World Odour: The Indian Experience67
6The State, the Malaysian Press, and the War in West Asia75
A Sense of Kenbei in Japan88
Japanese Position in the War and Regional Issues88
Japanese Media and the War90
7The War Close to Home: The Turkish Media96
8The Iranian Press and the Persian Gulf War: The Impact of Western News Agencies99
Western Media: Guilty Until Proved Innocent104
9War Reporting: Collateral Damage in the European Theater106
10Ruling by Pooling118
11Innovations of Moral Policy128
12Truth: The First Victim of War?137
13Public Opinion and Media War Coverage in Britain144
A Soviet Snapshot158
Coverage of the Gulf War by the Spanish and Catalonian Media158
The War as Telenovela163
14A Sampling of Editorial Responses from the Middle Eastern Press on the Persian Gulf Crisis166
Pt. 3Coming Back to Reality
15Twisting the U.N. Charter to U.S. Ends175
16CNN: Elites Talking to Elites181
17Exterminating Angels: Morality, Violence, and Technology in the Gulf War202
Back to the Future213
18More Viewing, Less Knowledge216
Joysticks, Manhood, and George Bush's Horse234
19Clusters of Reality Bombed into Bold Relief236
Dangers of the Cultural Invasion?242
20Persian Gulf War, the Movie243
About the Book266
About the Editors and Contributors267

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