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By Douglas Kellner

Through the mid-1990s, the O.J. Simpson homicide trial ruled the media within the usa and have been circulated in the course of the international through international communications networks. The case grew to become a spectacle of race, gender, classification and violence, bringing in components of household melodrama, crime drama and criminal drama. in accordance with this interesting new booklet, the Simpson case was once only one instance of what the writer calls 'media spectacle' - a kind of media tradition that places modern desires, nightmares, fantasies and values on exhibit. during the research of a number of such media spectacles - together with Elvis, The X records, Michael Jordan, and the invoice Clinton intercourse scandals - Doug Kellner attracts out very important insights into media, journalism, the general public sphere and politics in an period of recent applied sciences. during this very good persist with as much as his top promoting Media tradition, Kellner's attention-grabbing new quantity can provide an informative learn for college kids of sociology, tradition and media.

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Article_ id=16389&group=webcast). For a full study of Bush, bin Laden, and Terror War see Kellner (forthcoming). I am indebted to Richard Kahn for sharing his Super Bowl notes. For a now classic analysis of the Super Bowl spectacle, see Reel (1977). Reel (1977: 93) timed the actual football action, from quarterback snap to whistle ending the play, and found that the four-hour spectacle contained a mere seven minutes of actual football action!

Media culture and the triumph of the spectacle 27 There was also a serious side to the spectacle, as Tom Cruise opened with an evocation of the horrors of the September 11 terrorist attacks and an assurance for Hollywood that it was all the more important that it continue in its film-making efforts to provide necessary entertainment and inspiration for the public. Woody Allen made his first Academy Awards appearance to make a pitch for film making in New York. And Kevin Spacey made an emotional appeal for a moment’s silence to commemorate the victims of the terrorist attacks, as the Academy remembered those members of the film industry who had passed on the previous year.

Cameras during the Oscar ceremonies focused on the young and the beautiful of Hollywood’s aristocracy, attempting to capture, as always, intimate glimpses of the major players’ responses to winning and losing. While fashion critics raved over the most spectacular clothes and accessories, fashion mavens mocked some of the stylists and couture, such as Gwyneth Paltrow’s see-through dress, Cameron Diaz’s messy hair, which gave the impression that she had just got out of bed, Jennifer Lopez’s overlaid and trussed-up hair, or Russell Crowe’s silly frock coat, which made the bad boy look like a nineteenth-century preacher.

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