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Cinema's Military Industrial Complex$
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Haidee Wasson and Lee Grieveson

Print publication date: 2018

Print ISBN-13: 9780520291508

Published to California Scholarship Online: September 2018

DOI: 10.1525/california/9780520291508.001.0001

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War, Media, and the Security of State and Capital

War, Media, and the Security of State and Capital

(p.261) 15 War, Media, and the Security of State and Capital
Cinema's Military Industrial Complex

Lee Grieveson

University of California Press

This chapter, by Lee Grieveson, explores the U.S. state’s use of cinema and its regulation of media and communication during World War I and in its immediate aftermath. It examines, in particular, the establishment and functioning of the Committee on Public Information (CPI) and state orchestration of new forms of war funding. It explores also the legal regulation of communication and media encoded in the Espionage and Sedition Acts of 1917 and 1918, overwhelmingly targeted at socialist and pacifist opposition to the war. The latter parts of the chapter consider the structural influence of this conjuncture on subsequent uses of cinema and media and the regulation of dissidence.

Keywords:   Committee on Public Information, war bonds, Espionage Act, Sedition Act, Liberty Loans, propaganda, censorship, imperialism, state of exception, whistleblowers, World War I

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