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By Nathan Gardels

This staggering little e-book explores the function people media in international coverage, not just at this time second, yet with a watch to the future.Written by way of a veteran Hollywood movie govt and an the world over identified columnist in overseas affairsExplains how American videos, television indicates, and dad song give you the pictures of the USA to the remainder of the area, and the remainder of the area to AmericansIncludes discussions of the cartoons of the Prophet Mohammed Danish day-by-day newspapers, Tibetan priests censored out of chinese language television information reviews simply to teach up on You Tube, and the Vatican's attack at the Da Vinci Code movieArgues that Hollywood is a key participant within the 'deep coalition' required to aid a 'smart strength' overseas coverage and construct an international cultural infrastructure that would make the realm secure for interdependence

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How could you dramatize an administration foreign policy concerned mainly with consolidating democracy in a now liberated Eastern Europe, trade, and jobs? How could you make a feature film for a PG13 audience that portrayed Monica giving Bill a blow job in the Oval Office? In Wag the Dog, foreign policy – a faux war – appeared only as a ruse to distract the public from domestic shenanigans bringing down the powers that be. ’s first Gulf War. True Lies with Arnold Schwarzenegger, included Mesopotamian bad guys; Three Kings (1999) told the weird tale of a war half fought under black billows of burning oil in a strange land.

Soft power had played a key role in defeating hard power. The moment Debray described five years before the end of the Cold War probably marks the zenith of America’s mass cultural influence globally. The dreams of America – individual freedom, middle class prosperity, social mobility, the rule of law – were, to a great extent at that time, the dreams of the world. Even within the Soviet bloc, America, through its pop culture, was the proverbial beacon to audiences everywhere. Nixon may have lost the first TV clash with JFK, but he certainly bested Khrushchev in the fabled kitchen debate with the Soviet leader about standards of living.

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