(Re)Media Events: Remixing War on YouTube

Joanne Garde-Hansen

in Media and Memory

Published by Edinburgh University Press

Published in print June 2011 | ISBN: 9780748640348
Published online September 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780748670949 | DOI:
(Re)Media Events: Remixing War on YouTube

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Neither Dayan and Katz (1992) nor Andrew Hoskins (2004) could have foreseen the impact of the post-broadcast era on the re-articulation of the televised Live Event. Television news archives now exist in sliced, spliced, sampled montages of edited footage (some faithfully, some creatively, some of dubious quality) on Youtube. The boundaries between television and film become blurred as past ‘media events’ are remediated cinematically by amateur directors. Scholars, politicians, ideologues, students and surfers can access the Gulf War in constantly buffering sound/vision memory bytes that are syntheses of CNN footage and Hollywood films. This chapter tracks and analyses the remediation of broadcast television news of the Gulf War through Youtube, as (media) history is mycasted into an ironic, playful and performative critical reflection upon the past.

Keywords: Gulf War; YouTube; media events; CNN; remix

Chapter.  6016 words. 

Subjects: Media Studies

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