Rethinking Media Coverage: Vertical Mediation and the War on Terror (Paperback)Lisa Parks (author)
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In the post-9/11 era, media technologies have become increasingly intertwined with vertical power as airwaves, airports, air space, and orbit have been commandeered to support national security and defense. In this book, Lisa Parks develops the concept of vertical mediation to explore how audiovisual cultures enact and infer power relations far beyond the screen. Focusing on TV news, airport checkpoints, satellite imagery, and drone media, Parks demonstrates how "coverage" makes vertical space intelligible to global publics in new ways and powerfully reveals what is at stake in controlling it.
Publisher: Taylor & Francis Ltd
Number of pages: 216
Dimensions: 229 x 152 mm
"In this fearless work of feminist scholarship, Lisa Parks brings into sharp focus a principle strategy of the US military's interminable 'war on terror'-namely, its global domination of the 'vertical field.' To an extent never before achieved or imagined, the vertical space surrounding the planet has been configured as an arena for waging perpetual war, with life on Earth at the mercy of a ruthless empire-in-decline. As Parks' intricate analysis reveals, this process has both infrastructural and performative dimensions: the staged spectacle of US 'vertical hegemony' has gone hand-in-hand with logistical maneuvering and the physical exercise of military might. Challenging our conventional notions of 'media coverage,' the book scaffolds cultural and technological linkages across television news, airport screening, satellite imaging, and drone warfare. Covering a breadth of conceptual territory, Rethinking Media Coverage makes a vital contribution to our understanding of both post-9/11 geopolitics and 21st century media culture." -Kelly Gates, University of California San Diego
"Lisa Parks' call to rethink how we conceptualize the organized violence of the `war on terror' couldn't be more timely. A brilliant study that ranges from satellite imaging, airports, drone infrastructure and more, Rethinking Media Coverage is an essential guide to understanding the intersections of militarism, technology, entertainment, and resistance." -Simone Browne, University of Texas at Austin
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