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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dc.contributor.advisor Kearney , Mary Celeste , 1962 - en_US
dc.contributor.advisor Downing , John (John Derek Hall ) en_US
dc.identifier.oclc 72830033 en_US
dc.creator Jaramillo , Deborah Lynn en_US 2008 -08 -28T22 :54 :21Z 2014 -02 -19T22 :30 :41Z 2008 -08 -28T22 :54 :21Z 2014 -02 -19T22 :30 :41Z 2006 en_US 2008 -08 -28T22 :54 :21Z
dc.identifier.uri http : / /hdl .handle .net /2152 /2540
dc.description.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 . en_US
dc.format.medium electronic en_US
dc.language.iso eng en_US
dc.rights Copyright © is held by the author . Presentation of this material on the Libraries' web site by University Libraries , The University of Texas at Austin was made possible under a limited license grant from the author who has retained all copyrights in the works . en_US
dc.subject.lcsh Iraq War , 2003 - - -Television and the war en_US
dc.subject.lcsh Television broadcasting of news - -United States en_US
dc.subject.lcsh Cable News Network en_US
dc.subject.lcsh Fox News en_US
dc.title Ugly war , pretty package : how the Cable News Network and the Fox News Channel made the 2003 invasion of Iraq high concept en_US
dc.description.department Radio -Television -Film en_US
dc.identifier.recnum b6129889x en_US
dc.type.genre Thesis en_US
dc.type.material text en_US Doctor of Philosophy en_US Doctoral en_US Radio -Television -Film en_US The University of Texas at Austin en_US Radio -Television -Film en_US


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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