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 7: Hollywood, the CIA and the ‘War on Terror’
Hollywood, the CIA and the ‘War on Terror’
Hollywood's depiction of the CIA and the ‘war on terror’ is the theme of this chapter by Oliver Boyd-Barrett, David Herrera and Jim Baumann. The piece, based on their recent study of the representations of the CIA in Hollywood movies, underlines the important contribution of the world's most famous entertainment industry to normalization of the ‘war on terror’ on screen and the justification of espionage and covert operations in foreign nations. Their survey of CIA-themed movies produced in the last decade demonstrates that such movies generally manifest an ideological sub-text, even when this is disguised by dramatic representations of ‘realism’, ‘truthiness’ or ‘limited hang-outs’: in the garb of action-packed celluloid ...