When Media Goes to War

Hegemonic Discourse, Public Opinion, and the Limits of Dissent

Anthony DiMaggio

9789350021880

Aakar Books, New Delhi, 2012

384 pages

Price INR 395
Book Club Price INR 297
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pro_1013

In this fresh and provocative book, Anthony DiMaggio uses the war in Iraq and the United States confrontations with Iran as his touchstones to probe the sometimes fine line between news and propaganda. Using Antonio Gramsci’s concept of hegemony and drawing upon the seminal works of Noam Chomsky, Edward Herman, and Robert McChesney, DiMaggio combines a rigorousempirical analysis and clear, lucid prose to enlighten readers about issues essential to the struggle for a critical media and a functioning democracy. If, as DiMaggio shows, our newspapers and television news programs play a decisive role in determining what we think, and if, as he demonstrates convincingly, what the media give us is largely propaganda that supports an oppressive and undemocratic status quo, then it is incumbent upon us to make sure that they are responsive to the majority and not just the powerful and privileged few.

Anthony DiMaggio

Anthony DiMaggio is an assistant professor of political science at Lehigh University, Pennsylvania, USA. He is the author of Selling War, Selling Hope: Presidential Rhetoric, the News Media, and U.S. Foreign Policy since 9/11 (2015).