World Peace, Mass Culture, and National Policies (Civic by William Over

By William Over

The writer bargains an research of types of U.S. mass tradition that aid, parallel, or critique reliable nationwide, local, and intergovernmental peace coverage, prevention, and peacemaking. significant pop culture types corresponding to movie, tv, information media, peace parks and public memorials, and peace and justice pursuits are regarded as public discourses influencing and reflecting public figuring out of peace and conflict subject matters. The dialogue contains occasions following September eleven, 2001.World Peace, Mass tradition, and nationwide coverage takes a serious and analytical method of Washington international coverage; unilateralist equipment; and corporatism as international hegemony. It encompasses a broad dialogue of those concerns in accordance with cultural associations and ideologies of mass tradition within the U.S. The paintings evaluations the thought that company capitalism and the shopper affluence of the U.S. by myself can carry different societies to democratic perform.

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Television talk shows and news analysis programs, such as the NewsHour with Jim Lehrer and Frontline, featured noted Islamic scholars and historians that corrected widespread misconceptions of Islam as a largely intolerant religion (Lehrer, 2001). One month after the hijackings, an ambitious documentary on the history of Islam appeared on public television. Broadcast over three days, Islam: Empire of Faith presented, despite the provocative nature of its title, a pointedly positive historical study of the religion, often using the intolerance and backwardness of Christian Europe for comparative purposes.

Still, the post–September 11 fear of ground and air terrorism and the realization among many Americans that much of the Third World disliked America’s world presence led to new perceptions that the world was dangerous. Moreover, such recent developments as the nuclear and missile capabilities of Pakistan and India, which President Bill Clinton had categorized as “the most dangerous place[s] in the world today” (quoted in Kumar, 2001), added to the sense of war threat. 8 percent of the American public opposed the manufacture and use of nuclear weapons (Bidwai and Vanaik, 2001).

Hallowed Ground Today During the Clinton presidency, armed conflict became a distant undertaking, its moral cause not obfuscated by public nostalgia, as in public memory of the Civil War, nor rejected for empire acquisition, as in the Spanish-American War treaty, but by the possibilities of high technology and an unwillingness to risk losing the support of the electorate by human rights intervention. To many, it seemed that the reluctant superpower had retreated from its commitment to leadership of the free world.

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