Today, information is exchanged across an expanding spectrum, from divergent sources, in a multiplicity of applications. This new theory of transmission extends its vision beyond the boundaries of television to the still-shifting territories of interactive media. The chapters in Transmission investigate the impact of video and interactivity and virtual reality on the social, cultural, and economic environment of television. Comparing the recent past with the present–and the immediate future–this groundbreaking work examines aesthetic values as they are shaped by gender, race, and class issues. Since video looks at how television (mis)represents culture, Transmission examines the effects of communication tools and technologies on its participating constituents. An important volume for any scholar or student in the areas of media studies, mass communication, cultural studies, or popular culture.

The Television Image and Collective Amnesia: Dis(re)membering the Persian Gulf War

The Television Image and Collective Amnesia: Dis(re)membering the Persian Gulf War

The television image and collective amnesia: Dis(re)membering the Persian Gulf War

“CNN is live and alive as our humanity is about to die.”

An unnamed Turkish writer (Aksoy & Robins, 1992)

In the codes by which collective remembrance is constructed in American culture, wars are, if nothing else, remembered. The history of national and local memorials in the United States, for instance, is for the most part a history of war memorials. Wars represent moments when citizens are asked to sacrifice for the abstract cause of the nation, and their memorialization in both popular culture and memorials is a reaffirmation of the reasons for that sacrifice and a justification for the loss exacted. Increasingly, wars are memorialized ...

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