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Why ‘media’, ‘culture’ and ‘politics’ – and why now?

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MCP’s first edition was being put together for publication in the last week of the American presidential election of 2004, during which (in the world’s ‘greatest democracy’) political sound-bite length had dropped to a reported seven seconds, much of the US electorate was about to base its decision on the ‘fact’ that Iraq had been involved in the destruction of the Twin Towers in 2001, and both US presidential candidates had attracted unparalleled quantities of campaign funds (poured almost entirely into the media battle for supremacy) from the immensely powerful interest groups which bankroll American presidents and many other political representatives, and whose dominance of policy has required to be obscured within media-borne mythic constructions of ‘evil empires’ and ‘global terrorism’.

Keywords: Baudrillaud; cultural action; political leadership

Document Type: Editorial


Affiliations: 1: University of Leeds 2: Coventry University 3: University of Paisley

Publication date: February 1, 2005

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