When Media Goes to War: Hegemonic Discourse, Public Opinion, and the Limits of Dissent


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In this fresh and provocative books, Anthony DiMaggio uses the war in Iraq and the US confrontations with Iran as his touchstones to probe the sometimes fine line between news and propaganda. Using Antonio Gramsci’s concept of hegemony and drawing upon the seminal works of Noam Chomsky, Edward S. Herman, and Robert W. McChesney, Di Maggio combines a rigorous empirical analysis and clear, lucid prose to enlighten readers about issues essential to the struggle for a critical media and a functioning democracy. Anthony DiMaggio teaches American Government and International Relations at Illinois State University in the department of politics and government. he publishes regularly inZ MagazineandCounter Punch, and is the author ofMass Media, Mass Propaganda: Examining American News in the "War on Terror." ————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————- "Nothing short of a masterpiece. It is the definitive and most up-to-date treatment of the subject, and should be required reading for anyone who wishes to understand the crucial and often destructive role media play on the most important international issues of our times."- Robert W. McChesney, co-author ofThe Death and Life of American Journalism "A pioneering book… The scholarship is superb and the narrative is direct and convincing…. It is a must read for any journalist dealing with foreign affairs." – Jamal R. Nassar, College of Social and Behavioral Sciences, California State Univeristy, San Bernardino "DiMaggio provides an extended defense of the much maligned Propaganda Model with chapter after chapter of ample evidence that corporate media routinely ‘align public opinion to political leadership’ positions… This book needs to be required reading fro all media studies and media literacy classes from high school through graduate school." – Lee Arzt, Media Studies Professor and Associate Director, Centre for Global Studies, Purdue University, Calumet. ​


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