Have the media contributed to exacerbating the political, cultural and religious divides within Western societies and the world at large? How can media be deployed to enrich, not inhibit, dialogue? To what extent has the media, in all its forms, questioned, celebrated or simply accepted the unleashing of a ‘war on terror’? Media and Terrorism brings together leading scholars to explore how the world's media have influenced, and in turn, been influenced by terrorism and the war on terror in the aftermath of 9/11. Accessible and user-friendly with lively and current case studies, it is a perfect student text and is an essential handbook on the dynamics of war and the media in a global context.
Chapter 6: Terrorism and Global Popular Culture
Terrorism and Global Popular Culture
In this chapter, Toby Miller analyses the backdrop to US imperialism and militarism by examining the often neglected genre of electronic gaming, which makes the ‘war on terror’ an entertaining and pleasurable commodity that also helps recruit American soldiers. In a spirited argument, Miller points to the well-established relationship between sections of US academia and the US military, going back to the First World War, through the Cold War years and the ‘war on terror’, and how complicit campuses have formed a symbiotic ideological and material relationship with the Pentagon, promoting US interests worldwide as a ‘de-territorialized overlord’.
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