Iconic Events: Media, Politics, and Power in Retelling History

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Patricia Leavy
Lexington Books, Jan 1, 2007 - Political Science - 207 pages
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Iconic Events: Media, Power, and Politics in Retelling History examines the processes of collective memory surrounding traumatic events that have been deemed iconic in American culture. Leavy investigates the social and market forces that have shaped the meanings around and enduring significance of events that have captured the public's imagination, including Titanic, Pearl Harbor, Columbine, and September 11th. Iconic Events focuses on three interpretive phases that serve to mold public perception of these events: journalistic representations, political appropriations, and popular adaptations. With a vital, engaging approach, Leavy explores the processes by which traumatic events are made mythic in the public eye. Iconic Events is essential for collective memory scholars and undergraduate courses in communications, American studies, history, and sociology, as well as the general reader.
  

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Iconic Events Public Imagination and Social Memory
1
Historical Sketches of the Events
33
The Represented Event Journalisms Initial Spin
63
The Representational Event Political Appropriations
107
Iconic Events in Popular Culture
149
The Significance of Iconic Events
187
Selected Bibliography
201
About the Author
207
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Patricia Leavy is associate professor in the Department of Sociology and Criminology and director of the Gender Studies Program at Stonehill College.

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