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Cracked Coverage: Television News, The Anti-Cocaine Crusade, and the Reagan Legacy Paperback – April 29, 1994

ISBN-13: 978-0822314912 ISBN-10: 0822314916

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 344 pages
  • Publisher: Duke University Press Books (April 29, 1994)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0822314916
  • ISBN-13: 978-0822314912
  • Product Dimensions: 1.2 x 6.5 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,459,692 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Cracked Coverage is more than a brilliant and provocative study of televised discourse on cocaine in American society during the 1980s. Campbell and Reeves take what could have been another narrow study of the way network news represents the current drug crisis and turn it into a remarkable examination of race, class, and gender under the Reagan years."—Robin D. G. Kelley, University of Michigan

"Cracked Coverage weaves together an impressive range of social and cultural developments in order to reconstruct the political context of 1980s America and the place of television within it. By starting with and focusing on television news’ coverage of the ‘drug crisis’ and the ‘war on drugs,’ the book is able to draw into the argument everything from debates over modernity and new economic developments to questions of surveillance and spectacle, from narrative theory to Foucault, from the nuclear family and feminism to Nancy Reagan. The result is one of the most compelling and original analyses of the rise of the New Right and of the role of the media in this campaign."—Lawrence Grossberg, University of Illinois, Urbana–Champaign

"This is a pathbreaking, often brilliant book that every journalist, ‘drug expert,’ and elected and unelected policy maker in the U. S. should be forced to read."—Craig Reinarman, University of California, Santa Cruz

About the Author

Jimmie L. Reeves is Associate Professor of Mass Communication at Texas Tech University.

Richard Campbell is Director of the Journalism Program and Miami University and the author of 60 Minutes and the News.

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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on March 18, 1999
Format: Paperback
Reeves and Campbell cut through all of the drug war crap in this superb cultural analysis. The role of the news -- especially the television network news -- is clear in the creation of a major "drug problem" and the need for a war on drugs. Need to know why the jails are overflowing with drug users? As this book points out, the Reagan-era news loved this "lock 'em up" story.
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