Ugly war, pretty package: how the Cable News Network and the Fox News Channel made the 2003 invasion of Iraq high concept

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Title: Ugly war, pretty package: how the Cable News Network and the Fox News Channel made the 2003 invasion of Iraq high concept
Author: Jaramillo, Deborah Lynn
Abstract: Analyses of war coverage address its relation to historical fact , propaganda , and bias , but I see a great need to position war coverage within the context of the industry that produces and distributes news content . To divorce televised war coverage from the entertainment industry is to decontextualize it in the most fundamental way . This dissertation investigates the way in which Cable News Network (CNN ) and Fox News Channel (FNC ) positioned and packaged the U .S . military’s invasion of Iraq in March 2003 for a domestic audience . I place those two networks and the 2003 invasion of Iraq within the context of post -classical Hollywood filmmaking , one offshoot of which is high concept . I argue that high concept—a filmmaking practice inextricably linked to conglomeration , new technologies , and an incessant , self -preserving drive to market— can be applied productively to the study of television news . When infused with critical theory , high concept is a valuable way to understand the politics and construction of entertainment -driven war coverage . The industrial development of television news has yielded a media artifact that mimics the practice of high concept filmmaking narratively , stylistically , ideologically , and commercially . By using high concept as an alternative approach to television news , I propose that studies that disregard or marginalize visuals , sound , narrative , and the industry that profits from the spectacular packaging of those elements cannot fully capture the thrust of television news . By stripping television news of its stature as somehow divorced from and above the rest of television programming , I aim to re -insert it into the entertainment industry . My intent is to bring together theoretical and practical insights from different disciplines so that I can contextualize contemporary television news in a unique and compelling way . In doing so , this dissertation aims to contribute to the pursuit of democratic media .
URI: http : / /hdl .handle .net /2152 /2540
Date: 2008-08-28

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Ugly war, pretty package: how the Cable News Network and the Fox News Channel made the 2003 invasion of Iraq high concept. Doctoral dissertation, The University of Texas at Austin. Available electronically from http : / /hdl .handle .net /2152 /2540 .

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