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War Isn't Hell, it's Entertainment
Essays on Visual Media and the Representation of Conflict319
Real war is a cruel theater of death, yet it is also an exciting narrative exploited for national, political and commercial purposes and turned into numerous films, television shows, computer games, news stories and reenactment plays. This book examines the relationship between war, visual media and entertainment from a number of academic perspectives such as film studies, cultural studies, new media studies, sociology and history. Key topics of the essays include: how war is used as an imaginary site to stage dramas; how boundaries between war, media, and entertainment dissolve as new media alters the formal qualities of representation; how entertainment is used to engage audiences; and, what effect products of war and entertainment have on consumers of popular culture.
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"makes an important contribution to the field of media and conflict"--Cinema Journal.
Rikke Schubart is director of studies and associate professor of literature, media and cultural studies at the University of Southern Denmark. Fabian Virchow holds an interim professorship at the Center for Conflict Studies at Philipps University, Germany. His research focuses on the representation of war and the military in recent German feature films on war. Debra White-Stanley is an assistant professor of film studies at Indiana University and Purdue University in Indianapolis, Indiana. Tanja Thomas is a professor of communication studies and media studies at The University of Lueneburg, Germany. Her research focuses on critical media theory, cultural studies, gender studies and governmentality studies.