Media Spectacle

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Psychology Press, 2003 - 192 pages

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.

 

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Contents

Media culture and the triumph of the spectacle
1
Guy Debord and the society of the spectacle
2
The infotainment society and technocapitalism
11
From media culture to media spectacle
15
Signs of the times
17
Cultural studies as diagnostic critique
27
Commodity spectacle McDonalds as global culture
34
a multiperspectivist approach
38
Spectacle culture and the social construction of reality
102
The verdict and the aftermath
104
The Simpson spectacle identity politics and postmodernization
108
Identity and identity politics
110
contradictions of a megaspectacle
116
TV spectacle aliens conspiracies and biotechnology in The XFiles
126
Conspiracy paranoia and postmodern aesthetics in The XFiles
128
Trust no one
136

McDonalds between the global and the local
39
McDonalds between the modern and the postmodern
42
Criticizingresisting the McDonalds spectacle
45
The case against McDonalds
47
Evaluating McDonaldization
55
The personal and the political
57
The sports spectacle Michael Jordan and Nike
63
The sports spectacle
65
The spectacle of Michael Jordan
70
Michael Jordan and the sportsrace spectacle
73
Michael Jordan Nike and the commodity spectacle
78
Third coming sex scandals and the contradictions of the spectacle
83
Contradictions of Michael Jordan
86
Reading Jordan critically
87
Megaspectacle the OJ Simpson murder trial
93
Murder and media spectacle in Brentwood
94
The postmodern sublime or Is the truth out there?
140
I want to believe but
145
Nothing important happened today except that everything changed
150
Representing the unrepresentable
156
Presidential Politics the Movie
160
JFK the Movie
161
bad movies
162
indifferent presidencies and poor spectacle
164
Ronald Reagan the acting president
166
Bush I mixed spectacle failed presidency
168
The Clinton spectacle
170
Bush II Grand Theft 2000 and Terror War
173
democratic politics and spectacle culture in the new millennium
176
References
179
Index
186
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Douglas Kellner is the George F. Kneller Chair in the philosophy of education at UCLA and author of numerous books.

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