Volume 4 Issue 2 - War on Terror in News and Popular Culture

Cover date: 

Dec 2011

Guest-edited by Philip Hammond and Graham Barnfield.

After 9/11, print and broadcast journalism appeared to be enjoying revived fortunes after several years of concern over declining circulation and shrinking audiences, intensifying commercial pressures and the rise of the blogosphere. As TV news repeatedly screened imagery of weaponized aircraft striking buildings, and scrambled to find the meaning of – and identifiable culprits behind – the events portrayed, it seemed that sobriety in news coverage was (at least temporarily) checking the long-term trend toward trivialization and infotainment.

The issue includes articles by:

  • Thomas Ærvold Bjerre, University of Southern Denmark, on Authenticity And War Junkies: Making The Iraq War Real In Films And TV Series
  • Elaine Martin, University of Alabama, on Terrorism in Film Media: From Feature Films to TV Miniseries
  • Fran Pheasant-Kelly, University of Wolverhampton, on The Ecstasy of Chaos: Mediations of Terrorism and Traumatic Memory in The Dark Knight
  • James Rodgers, London Metropolitan University, on Capturing Saddam Hussein: how the full story got away, and what conflict journalism can learn from it
  • Lee Salter, University of the West of England, on Problems of news culture and truth: The BBC’s Representation of the Invasion of Iraq
  • Michael Stewart, Queen Margaret University, Edinburgh, on Death of a President: post-9/11 docudrama as shock, trauma and victimhood
  • Elspeth Van Veeren, University of Bristol, on Guantánamo Does Not Exist: Simulation and the Production of ‘the Real’ Global War on Terror
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