Tabloid Terror: War, Culture, and Geopolitics

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Routledge, Sep 12, 2007 - Language Arts & Disciplines - 198 pages

This book analyzes the methods, effects, and mechanisms by which international relations reach the US citizen. Deftly dissecting the interrelationships of national identity formation, corporate ‘news and opinion’ dissemination, and the quasi-academic apparatus of war justification - focusing on the Bush administration's exploitation of the fear and insecurity caused by 9/11 and how this has manifested itself in the US media (especially the tabloid populist media). Debrix explains how all serve to defend and produce state power and develops a model of tabloidized international relations, where responses are both organized by, and supportive of, a strong centralized US government. The field of International Relations sorely needs such analytics, in so far as it explains how people in their everyday lives relate to transnational issues.

Tabloid Terror critically covers a wide variety of US popular culture from the Internet to Fox News; analyzes diverse authors as Julia Kristeva, J.G. Ballard and Robert Kaplan and takes into account renowned international relations interlocutors as Don Imus, Bill O’Reilly, and Tommy Franks.

 

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Contents

From images of terror to tabloid geopolitics
1
The tabloid production of emergency culture
19
2 Tabloid realism and the reconstruction of American security culture before 911
37
American intellectuals of statecraft and the avenging of 911
69
Proliferating insecurity terror and agony after the invasion of Iraq
90
Americas tabloid aesthetics of violence and the erasure of the event
122
Tabloid terror and precarious lives
145
Notes
161
Index
189
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François Debrix is Associate Professor of International Relations at Florida International University in Miami, USA.

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