9781594511189

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

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  • Edition: 1st
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 2005-01-20
  • Publisher: Routledge

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Summary

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. Read Doug Kellner's Media Spectacle and the 2008 Presidential Election: Some Pre-Election Reflections at: Article

Author Biography

Douglas Kellner is George F. Kneller Philosophy of Education Chair at the Graduate School of Education, UCLA.

Table of Contents

Introduction: Media Spectacle and Politics in the Contemporary Era ix
Chapter 1: Grand Theft 2000: Media Spectacle and a Stolen Election 1(24)
Media Spectacle in Election 2000
2(8)
Media Bias in the Representations of Bush and Gore
10(8)
A Stolen Election
18(2)
Notes
20(5)
Chapter 2: Spectacles of Terror and Perpetual War 25(20)
Weapons of Mass Hysteria
25(3)
The 9/11 Spectacle
28(7)
Anthrax, Afghanistan, and Terror Hysteria
35(4)
Bush Family War Spectacles
39(3)
Notes
42(3)
Chapter 3: Preemptive Strikes and the War on Iraq: A Critique of Bush Administration Unilateralism and Militarism 45(32)
The "Axis of Evil," Operation Infinite War, and Bush's Attacks on U.S. Democracy
45(9)
The Bush Doctrine and the Road to Iraq
54(9)
Weapons of Mass Deception: The Media and the War on Iraq
63(6)
Notes
69(8)
chapter 4: Pandora's Box: The Iraq Horror Show 77(30)
Reversal of the Spectacle
77(6)
Iraqi "Sovereignty," the Chalabi Scandals, and the Battle for Najaf
83(7)
Animal House, Rumsfeld, and Iraqi Chaos
90(6)
"Freedom Is on the March"
96(4)
Notes
100(7)
Chapter 5: Media Spectacle and Election 2004 107(58)
Spectacles of the Primary Season and the Democratic Convention
107(5)
Framing Kerry
112(5)
Bush's Media Events and the Swift Boat Battles
117(9)
The Republican Convention and Spectacle of Protest
126(16)
Big Lies, Bold Lies, and Brazen Lies: Welcome to Bushspeak
142(15)
Notes
157(8)
Chapter 6: Decision 2004: The War for the White House 165(48)
Bush's Lost Years
166(8)
The CBS Memo Wars
174(4)
The Debates
178(13)
Wired Bush?
191(5)
The Sprint to the End
196(11)
Endgame: Internet Euphoria and Television Debacle
207(2)
Notes
209(4)
Conclusion: Salvaging Democracy after Election 2004 213(38)
Divided Country
215(7)
A Dysfunctional Electoral System
222(5)
The Media and Democracy
227(6)
Cosmopolitan Globalization
233(3)
Bushgate/Cheneygate: The Coming Conflicts
236(10)
Notes
246(5)
Selected Bibliography 251(6)
Index 257(10)
About the Author 267

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