When Media Goes to War: Hegemonic Discourse, Public Opinion, and the Limits of Dissent

When Media Goes to War: Hegemonic Discourse, Public Opinion, and the Limits of Dissent

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By (author) Anthony R. Dimaggio

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  • Publisher: Monthly Review Press,U.S.
  • Format: Paperback | 288 pages
  • Dimensions: 140mm x 216mm x 25mm | 476g
  • Publication date: 1 March 2010
  • Publication City/Country: New York
  • ISBN 10: 1583671994
  • ISBN 13: 9781583671993
  • Sales rank: 626,730

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In this fresh and provocative book, Anthony DiMaggio uses the war in Iraq and the United States confrontations with Iran as his touchstones to probe the sometimes fine line between news and propaganda. Using Antonio Gramsci s concept of hegemony and drawing upon the seminal works of Noam Chomsky, Edward Herman, and Robert McChesney, DiMaggio combines a rigorousempirical analysis and clear, lucid prose to enlighten readers about issues essential to the struggle for a critical media and a functioning democracy. If, as DiMaggio shows, our newspapers and television news programs play a decisive role in determining what we think, and if, as he demonstrates convincingly, what the media give us is largely propaganda that supports an oppressive and undemocratic status quo, then it is incumbent upon us to make sure that they are responsive to the majority and not just the powerful and privileged few."

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" In this meticulously researched, highly informative, and timely volume, DiMaggio skillfully explores how hegemonic media messages are shaped and transmitted in mainstream media s reporting of international events. Zeroing in on political coverage of the wars on Iraq and Afghanistan, and the rhetorical war with Iran, DiMaggio methodically illustrates the interconnections between media, government, and commerce."-Yahya R. Kamalipour, Center for Global Studies, Purdue University Calumet"