- Subject index
This brilliant, coruscating book, written by one of the most formidable and original thinkers in Cultural Studies, examines questions of nationality, identity, the use of anecdote to build solidarity and the role of institutions in shaping culture. Ranging across many fields, including film and media, gender, nationality, globalization and popular culture, it provides a mind-clearing exercise in recognizing what culture is, and how it works, today. Illustrated with a fund of relevant and insightful examples, it addresses the central questions in cultural studies today: identity, post-identity, the uses of narrative and textual analysis, the industrial organization of solidarity and the opportunities and dilemmas of globalization.
Chapter 2: Panorama: The Live, the Dead and the Living
Panorama: The Live, the Dead and the Living
In memory of Cecil B. De Mille
‘Live’ was the operative word, and I couldn't help wondering why.
The first major media event of the Australian Bicentennial in 1988 was the multi-network satellite television broadcast, on January 1, of a four-hour landscape-special called Australia Live: Celebration of a Nation. There had been many other inaugural events that day: Prime Minister Bob Hawke led the countdown to New Year fireworks at a rain-soaked Melbourne concert; Aboriginal people cast wreaths into the waters of Botany Bay to launch their Year of Mourning; Prime Minister Hawke quoted Abraham Lincoln (while Aboriginal protesters were ‘restrained’ from approaching the dais) at ...