Media Spectacle by Douglas Kellner

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During the mid-1990s, the O.J. Simpson murder trial 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 this fascinating new book, 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 - Doug Kellner draws out important insights into media, journalism, the public sphere and politics in an era of new technologies.

In this excellent follow up to his best selling Media Culture, Kellner's fascinating new volume delivers an informative read for students of sociology, culture and media.

 

About Douglas Kellner

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Douglas Kellner is the George F. Kneller Chair in the philosophy of education at UCLA and author of numerous books.
 
Published January 8, 2003 by Routledge. 208 pages
Genres: Political & Social Sciences, Humor & Entertainment. Non-fiction

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