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The 24 Universe How a Television Series Promotes the War On Terror Discourse

Ludwig, Corinne (2006)
Department of Political Science
Abstract
Television today is one of the most influential factors in everyday life and although it has seen propagandistic contents before there seems to be a new trend in U.S. television to let certain series promote particular political discourses. As a case example this study examines the Fox hit show 24 and analyses how it reflects and promotes the war on terror discourse. Using that term as a collective name for discourses on terrorism, national security, self-defense, civil liberty and human rights, and their alteration and radicalization in the aftermath of 9/11, key aspects of the war on terror discourse are singled out and then located in the texture of the series, showing that there indeed is a strong overlap between the ?lessons of 9/11?... (More)
Television today is one of the most influential factors in everyday life and although it has seen propagandistic contents before there seems to be a new trend in U.S. television to let certain series promote particular political discourses. As a case example this study examines the Fox hit show 24 and analyses how it reflects and promotes the war on terror discourse. Using that term as a collective name for discourses on terrorism, national security, self-defense, civil liberty and human rights, and their alteration and radicalization in the aftermath of 9/11, key aspects of the war on terror discourse are singled out and then located in the texture of the series, showing that there indeed is a strong overlap between the ?lessons of 9/11? and the lessons of 24, in other words between the way terrorism, threats, enemies and response strategies (the ?new thinking?) are depicted in real life and in the series. The study then also offers some evidence and support for its underlying assumption that producers and powers behind the show intentionally promote political contents, out of ideological convictions and economic deliberations. (Less)
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Ludwig, Corinne
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H1 - Master's Degree (One Year)
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Television, War On Terror, Response Strategy, Propaganda, 9/11, Social sciences, Samhällsvetenskaper, Political and administrative sciences, Statsvetenskap, förvaltningskunskap
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English
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1325714
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2006-06-19
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2006-06-19
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  abstract     = {Television today is one of the most influential factors in everyday life and although it has seen propagandistic contents before there seems to be a new trend in U.S. television to let certain series promote particular political discourses. As a case example this study examines the Fox hit show 24 and analyses how it reflects and promotes the war on terror discourse. Using that term as a collective name for discourses on terrorism, national security, self-defense, civil liberty and human rights, and their alteration and radicalization in the aftermath of 9/11, key aspects of the war on terror discourse are singled out and then located in the texture of the series, showing that there indeed is a strong overlap between the ?lessons of 9/11? and the lessons of 24, in other words between the way terrorism, threats, enemies and response strategies (the ?new thinking?) are depicted in real life and in the series. The study then also offers some evidence and support for its underlying assumption that producers and powers behind the show intentionally promote political contents, out of ideological convictions and economic deliberations.},
  author       = {Ludwig, Corinne},
  keyword      = {Television,War On Terror,Response Strategy,Propaganda,9/11,Social sciences,Samhällsvetenskaper,Political and administrative sciences,Statsvetenskap, förvaltningskunskap},
  language     = {eng},
  note         = {Student Paper},
  title        = {The 24 Universe How a Television Series Promotes the War On Terror Discourse},
  year         = {2006},
}