The Arab-Israeli Conflict in the Media
Producing Shared Memory and National Identity in the Global Television Era
AUTHOR: Ashuri, Tamar
PUBLISHER: I. B. Tauris & Company, Limited
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The television industry has metamorphosized from a national and largely-monopolized sector to a commercial and global enterprise. This has profoundly altered the way ""historical truth"" and shared memory are constructed and conveyed. Here Ashuri provides a groundbreaking study of the changes through the vantage point of an illuminating mode of television production, international co-productions. By taking an example based on current events in the Middle East--a television documentary on the Arab Israeli conflict co-produced by three television networks (BBC, PBS, MBC)--her study enriches contemporary media research, providing an unprecedented, behind-the-scenes look at the entire production process of a co-produced television history. She shows that making the documentary on the Arab-Israeli struggle turned into a war: a war over competing memories, interpretation, editing, and finally narration. Ashuri's analysis of transnational documentary collaborations reveals inherent tensions between economic constraints and cultural forces, between the local and global, and between ""shared"" and ""cosmopolitan"" memory. Enriching political economy studies of media by exploring the cultural negotiations at the heart of television production process, and highlighting the economic processes that underlie the contested constructions of national histories, The Arab-Israeli Conflict in the Media will be essential reading for those interested in media and television studies, as well as globalization and cultural identity.
PUBLICATION DATE: 11/15/2010
CATEGORY: History, Literary Criticism, Political Science, Social Science