Ugly War, Pretty Package

Ugly War, Pretty Package

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Deborah L. Jaramillo investigates cable news' presentation of the Iraq War in relation to qhigh conceptq filmmaking. High concept films can be reduced to single-sentence summaries and feature pre-sold elements; they were considered financially safe projects that would sustain consumer interest beyond their initial theatrical run. Using high concept as a framework for the analysis of the 2003 coverage of the Iraq War -- paying close attention to how Fox News and CNN packaged and promoted the U.S. invasion of Iraq -- Ugly War, Pretty Package offers a new paradigm for understanding how television news reporting shapes our perceptions of events.Iraq has been incorporated into the storylines of too many made-for-TV movies to name here. ... aquot;Some War Stories Will Never Make the Nightly Newsaquot; a€” points to the disconnect between experience and representation. ... On television, the war was domesticated in Lifetimea#39;s 2007 series Army Wives, a popular prime-time soap opera ... It earned only $15 million in spite of an all-star cast (Strauss 2008).

Title:Ugly War, Pretty Package
Author:Deborah L. Jaramillo
Publisher:Indiana University Press - 2009-09-25


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