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Militainment, Inc.: War, Media, and Popular Culture 1st Edition

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ISBN-13: 978-0415999786
ISBN-10: 0415999782
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"Roger Stahl is a one-man bomb squad, painstakingly disentangling the complex cultural circuitry that wires our entertainment consumption habits to U.S. military hardware. This richly sourced, vividly illustrated page-turner will recast your next cinema, stadium, or virtual world visit in a startling new light."

―Gordon Mitchell, University of Pittsburgh and author of Strategic Deception: Rhetoric, Science and Politics in Missile Defense Advocacy

"While many have written about militarism, and many more have written about the entertainment industry, I do not know of a book that ties the two together in such an insightful argument. 'Militainment, Inc' is a smart and engaging book about how US citizens relate to and engage with US military actions and how the increasing integration of militarism and the entertainment industries limits democratic commentary. I can't imagine anything more timely."

―Susan Jeffords, University of Washington and author of Remasculinization of America: Gender and the Vietnam War

"Roger Stahl has systematically researched U.S. popular culture and recent military history and has provided a highly illuminating study of how recent wars have been produced as media spectacles and processed by audiences as entertainment, hence the term Militainment. Providing illuminating studies of the media, sport, video games, TV reality shows, and other forms of militainment, Stahl’s book should be read by everyone concerned with the intersection of war and entertainment in the contemporary era."

―Douglas Kellner, UCLA and author of the forthcoming Cinema Wars: Hollywood Film and Politics in the Bush/Cheney Era

"From the thrills of virtual war worlds to macabre fascinations with deadly killing fields, Roger Stahl tracks a culture where war and its horrors are transformed into a landscape of entertainment. This new geography of Militainment is mapped with great skill in an original work that is essential reading for those who would like to see beyond the battlefield to a world of peace and stability."

―Robin Andersen, author of A Century of Media, A Century of War, winner of the Alpha Sigma Nu Book Award 2007

About the Author

Roger Stahl is Assistant Professor of Speech Communication at the University of Georgia. His work has appeared in publications such as Rhetoric and Public Affairs, The Quarterly Journal of Speech, and Critical Studies in Media Communication. He wrote, produced, and narrated the 2007 documentary film Militainment, Inc.: Militarism and Pop Culture, which is distributed by the Media Education Foundation.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Routledge; 1 edition (November 26, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0415999782
  • ISBN-13: 978-0415999786
  • Product Dimensions: 5.9 x 0.5 x 8.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #829,999 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The first thing that disappointed me about this book was perhaps because of a misunderstanding on my part, as I was looking for something with far more analysis of Gulf War reporting than it contained. It almost entirely focuses on movies, TV, video games, and toys as examples of war-based entertainment. However, far too much of the book is dedicated to sketching out Stahl's model of how militainment works and how it's evolved over the years, with little to no evidence backing these vague claims. I also felt like a lot of the claims were a philosophical stretch, like the connections he tried to draw between extreme sports and war. However, a lot of the content is very enlightening and well-done, especially the section on video games. Some of the organization is a bit questionable, such as how the "Toying with Militainment" chapter (about toys) bleeds over into a discussion of antiwar activism.

Overall, it has some philosophical aspects that are pretty unnecessary and excessive, but the evidence and fact-based parts are quite insightful and well done.
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Excellent book for those looking see the connection between war and how it blends into various aspects of domestic life.
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