Television and Terror: Conflicting Times and the Crisis of News Discourse

Paperback | June 15, 2009

byAndrew Hoskins, Ben O'loughlin

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The advent of the twenty-first century was marked by a succession of conflicts and catastrophes that demanded unrestrained journalism. Yet, the principle mass news medium of television has become torn between strategies of containment and the amplification of security threats. Hoskins and O'Loughlin demonstrate that television, tarnished by its economy of liveness and its default impositions of immediacy, brevity and simultaneity, fails to deliver a critical and consistent exposition adequate to our conflicting times.

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The advent of the twenty-first century was marked by a succession of conflicts and catastrophes that demanded unrestrained journalism. Yet, the principle mass news medium of television has become torn between strategies of containment and the amplification of security threats. Hoskins and O'Loughlin demonstrate that television, tarnish...

ANDREW HOSKINS is Associate Professor in Sociology at the University of Warwick, UK. He is founding co-editor of the journal Media, War & Conflict, founding editor-in-chief of the journal of Memory Studies, and Director of the Warwick Centre for Memory Studies. His Televising War: From Vietnam to Iraq (2004) develops his concept of 'n...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:232 pages, 8.53 × 5.47 × 0.53 inPublished:June 15, 2009Publisher:Palgrave MacmillanLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0230229026

ISBN - 13:9780230229020

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Introduction: Televising Terror * New(s) Times: The Interaction Order and Disorder of Television * Hurricane Katrina and the Failure of the 'CNN Effect' * Talking Terror: Political Discourses and the 2003 Iraq War * (Un)forgotten War: Television and the Shaping of History * The Distant Body * Drama and Documentary: The Power of Nightmares * The 2005 London Bombings: Terrorised Publics? * The Conflict Medium: The Irresolution of Television