Jeff Lewis's Language wars : the role of media and culture in global PDF

By Jeff Lewis

ISBN-10: 1435662644

ISBN-13: 9781435662643

Language Wars is an engaging account of the connection among the media, tradition and new varieties of international, political violence. utilizing an leading edge strategy, Jeff Lewis exhibits how language and the media are implicated in worldwide terrorism and the US-led reprisals within the struggle on terror. via an exam of the language of terrorism and struggle, Lewis illuminates key occasions within the present wave of political violence---the 11th of September assaults on long island and the Pentagon, the Beslan siege, the invasion of Afghanistan and Iraq, the Bali bombings and the continued profession within the heart East. He argues that the language used to file incidents of violence has replaced, not only in reputable channels yet in wider cultural contexts, and exhibits the impression this has on social perceptions. Lewis deconstructs those new discourses to bare how Islam has been construed because the antagonist of freedom, democracy and the guideline of legislations. perfect for college kids of media experiences and cultural experiences, this can be a refined account of the relation among language and tradition that exposes a deadly new east-west divide in renowned discourse.

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A politician no longer simply represents the interests of an electorate; s/he becomes a media representation by which the consumer/elector and the media text are transposed and become increasingly indistinguishable. In a politics of the hyperreal, in which the momentum of representation is perpetually seeking to overcome its semiotic and fiscal deficits, the televisual media becomes the new public sphere – the mediasphere Lewis 01 intro 36 25/8/05 16:11:56 Mediated Terror and the Politics of Representation 37 – where knowledge and judgement are perpetually undermined by their own self-referencing and exigent contingencies.

The slide to subjectivism, or obsessive individualism, results from man’s efforts to position himself at the centre of all things. The world as picture is not merely a representation, therefore, but a centralizing process whereby ‘Man becomes that being upon which all that is, is grounded as regards the manner of its Being and its truth’ (Heidegger, 1977: 128). The subjectivism of such a world implicates the technology of representation by which the oscillation of ‘bringing forth and setting before’ generates its own mass logics, its own mass effects.

The neo-Marxists and social control theorists are entirely unambiguous on this issue. According to commentators like Edward Herman and Noam Chomsky, the media is simply the servant of the government and other social elites. While the news media manipulates the truth, the narrative media create conditions for the rise of the pseudo-individual, the ‘citizen’ who is entirely distracted from real politics by the saccharin and materialist optimism of melodrama and other modes of popular culture (Postman, 1987, Adorno, 1994).

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