Media Spectacle

ISBN-10: 041526829X
ISBN-13: 9780415268295
Edition: 2002
Authors: Douglas Kellner
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Book details

List price: $67.95
Copyright year: 2002
Publisher: Routledge
Publication date: 1/6/2003
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 208
Size: 6.25" wide x 9.50" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.792
Language: English

During the mid-1990s, the O.J. Simpson murder trials dominated the media in the United States and were circulated throughout the world via global communications networks. The case became a spectacle of race, gender, class and violence, bringing in elements of domestic melodrama, crime drama and legal drama. According to cultural critic and scholar Douglas Kellner, the Simpson case was just one example of what the author calls 'media spectacle' -- a form of media culture that puts contemporary dreams, nightmares, fantasies and values on display. Through the analysis of several such media spectacles -- including Elvis, the X Files, Michael Jordan, and the Bill Clinton sex scandals - Kellner's insightful and fascinating book draws out important insights into media, journalism, the public sphere and politics in an era of new technologies.Media Spectacleis a brilliant dissection of contemporary society; its ongoing appetite for scandal, tragedy and perversion; and the new technologies and media thatstrive to feed this immense hunger. This is cultural criticism and media analysis at its best.

Douglas Kellner is the George F. Kneller Chair in the philosophy of education at UCLA and author of numerous books.

Preface and acknowledgments
Media culture and the triumph of the spectacle
Guy Deboard and the society of the spectacle
The infotainment society and technocapitalism
From media culture to media spectacle
Signs of the times
Cultural studies as diagnostic critique
Commodity spectacle: McDonald's as global culture
McDonald's and McDonaldization
Theorizing McDonald's: a multiperspectivist approach
McDonald's between the global and the local
McDonald's between the modern and the postmodern
Criticizing/resisting the McDonald's spectacle
The case against McDonald's
Evaluating McDonaldization
The personal and the political
The sports spectacle, Michael Jordan, and Nike
The sports spectacle
The spectacle of Michael Jordan
Michael Jordan and the sports/race spectacle
Michael Jordan, Nike, and the commodity spectacle
Third coming, sex scandals, and the contradictions of the spectacle
Contradictions of Michael Jordan
Reading Jordan critically
Megaspectacle: the O. J. Simpson murder trial
Murder and media spectacle in Brentwood
Spectacle culture and the social construction of reality
The verdict and the aftermath
The Simpson spectacle, identity politics, and postmodernization
Identity and identity politics
The Simpson effect: contradictions of a megaspectacle
TV spectacle: aliens, conspiracies, and biotechnology in The X-Files
Conspiracy, paranoia, and postmodern aesthetics in The X-Files
Series television as social critique: "Trust no one"
The postmodern sublime, or "Is the truth out there"?
Postmodern deconstruction: "I want to believe" but ...
Nothing important happened today ... except that everything changed
Representing the unrepresentable
Presidential Politics, the Movie
JFK, the Movie
LBJ and Nixon: bad movies
Ford and Carter: indifferent presidencies and poor spectacle
Ronald Reagan, the acting president
Bush I, mixed spectacle, failed presidency
The Clinton spectacle
Bush II, Grand Theft 2000, and Terror War
Conclusion: democratic politics and spectacle culture in the new millennium
References
Index

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