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America and the Misshaping of a New World Order$
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Giles Gunn and Carl Gutierrez-Jones

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780520098701

Published to California Scholarship Online: May 2012

DOI: 10.1525/california/9780520098701.001.0001

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Air Raids: Television and the War on Terror

Air Raids: Television and the War on Terror

(p.152) 9. Air Raids: Television and the War on Terror
America and the Misshaping of a New World Order
Lisa Parks
University of California Press

This chapter considers the intensifying relations between media and military institutions, the production of wartime atmospherics in everyday life, and the political contestations that emphasize the U.S. war on global terror. The term air raids have involved practices of militarization, vengeance, suppression, and annihilation. They have involved a different disposition toward dissent. On the one hand, it implies the militarization of media that is evident after the events of 9/11. U.S. cable television networks adopted the command and control logics of military institutions and exacerbated public fear and paranoia to rationalize U.S. military retaliation. Another aspect of the air raid is explored with the U.S. attacks on Al Jazeera, an Arab satellite television network, which represent a troubling mobilization of state-sanctioned violence, information management, and media capitalism. An active correspondence between television and democracy could only ever surface in the United States with further critical and public investment in the medium.

Keywords:   militarization of media, 9/11, U.S. cable television networks, Al Jazeera, media capitalism, air raids

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