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Ugly War, Pretty Package How CNN and Fox News Made the Invasion of Iraq High Concept

ISBN-10: 0253221226
ISBN-13: 9780253221223
Edition: 2009
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Description: Deborah L. Jaramillo investigates cable news' presentation of the Iraq War in relation to "high concept" filmmaking. High concept films can be reduced to single-sentence summaries and feature pre-sold elements; they were considered financially safe  More...

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Book details

List price: $26.00
Copyright year: 2009
Publisher: Indiana University Press
Publication date: 9/25/2009
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 272
Size: 6.25" wide x 9.50" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.946
Language: English

Deborah L. Jaramillo investigates cable news' presentation of the Iraq War in relation to "high concept" filmmaking. High concept films can be reduced to single-sentence summaries and feature pre-sold elements; they were considered financially safe projects that would sustain consumer interest beyond their initial theatrical run. Using high concept as a framework for the analysis of the 2003 coverage of the Iraq War-paying close attention to how Fox News and CNN packaged and promoted the U.S. invasion of Iraq-Ugly War, Pretty Packageoffers a new paradigm for understanding how television news reporting shapes our perceptions of events.

Introduction The Spectacle of Televised War
High Concept, Media Conglomeration, and Commercial News
The High-Concept War Narrative
Intertextuality, Genres, and Stars
War Characters
The Look and Sound of High-Concept War Coverage
The Marketing of the 2003 Invasion of Iraq
Conclusion: The Narrative Exits Screen Right, the Coverage Fizzles, and News Is What, Exactly?
Appendix A
Appendix B
Appendix C
Works Cited
Index

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