Air Raids: Television and the War on Terror

Edited by Lisa Parks

in America and the Misshaping of a New World Order

Published by University of California Press

Published in print June 2010 | ISBN: 9780520098701
Published online May 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520943797 | DOI:
Air Raids: Television and the War on Terror

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This chapter considers the intensifying relations between media and military institutions, the production of wartime atmospherics in everyday life, and the political contestations that emphasize the U.S. war on global terror. The term air raids have involved practices of militarization, vengeance, suppression, and annihilation. They have involved a different disposition toward dissent. On the one hand, it implies the militarization of media that is evident after the events of 9/11. U.S. cable television networks adopted the command and control logics of military institutions and exacerbated public fear and paranoia to rationalize U.S. military retaliation. Another aspect of the air raid is explored with the U.S. attacks on Al Jazeera, an Arab satellite television network, which represent a troubling mobilization of state-sanctioned violence, information management, and media capitalism. An active correspondence between television and democracy could only ever surface in the United States with further critical and public investment in the medium.

Keywords: militarization of media; 9/11; U.S. cable television networks; Al Jazeera; media capitalism; air raids

Chapter.  7403 words. 

Subjects: Anthropology

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