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Television is a medium of terror. Stories and images of mostly distant violence and bloodshed are streamed continuously into our homes, penetrating our senses of personal and collective safety. And yet the journalism of terror is also the journalism of security. Television, as it delivers daily the spectre of endless terror and violence, also rescues us from the brink of chaos. The unimaginable is rendered familiar and terror is harnessed in the frames, rituals, and routines of the major medium of our age. Hoskins and O'Loughlin demonstrate the power of the entanglement of television and terror in both the spinning and the containing of the discourses of insecurity that mark our mediatized experience of the twenty-first century.


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Television is a medium of terror. Stories and images of mostly distant violence and bloodshed are streamed continuously into our homes, penetrating our senses of personal and collective safety. And yet the journalism of terror is also the journalism of security. Television, as it delivers daily the spectre of endless terror and violence, also rescues us from the brink of chaos. The unimaginable is rendered familiar and terror is harnessed in the frames, rituals, and routines of the major medium of our age. Hoskins and O'Loughlin demonstrate the power of the entanglement of television and terror in both the spinning and the containing of the discourses of insecurity that mark our mediatized experience of the twenty-first century.


Reviews

'...a welcome addition to previous works which had tended to focus on security from direct violence only, and how it has been framed in the media. The volume will have equal appeal to students and researchers of media/communication studies, international relations, critical discourse analysis and multimodal analysis.' - Discourse & Communcation


Contents

Prologue: The (Terrorised) State we're in
Introduction
Television and Time
Hurricane Katrina and the Failure of the 'CNN Effect'
Talking Terror: Political Discourses and the 2003 Iraq War
Television's Quagmire: The Misremembered and the Unforgotten
The Distant Body
Drama and Documentary: The Power of Nightmares
Security and Publics: Democratic Times?
The Irresolution of Television


Authors

ANDREW HOSKINS is Associate Professor in Sociology at the University of Warwick, UK. He is founding co-editor of the journal Media, War& Conflict, founding editor-in-chief of the journal of Memory Studies, and Director of the Warwick Centre for Memory Studies. His Televising War: From Vietnam to Iraq (2004) develops his concept of 'new memory' in relation to conflict. He is co-editor of Save As... Digital Memories (2009).

BEN O'LOUGHLIN is Lecturer in International Relations and Co-Director of the New Political Communication Unit at Royal Holloway, University of London, UK. He is co-investigator of research on media and radicalisation funded by the Economic and Social Research Council. He is Reviews Editor for the journal Media, War and Conflict.