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groovy-gal | Student, Undergraduate | (Level 1) Honors

Posted March 2, 2012 at 12:43 AM via web

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Select any popular cultural product (TV show, film or video game) that can be classified as a form of popular geopolitics.


How does the cultural product:

Co-construct threats to U.S. national security and associate them with specific spaces, places and territories



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pohnpei397 | College Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

Posted March 2, 2012 at 1:00 AM (Answer #1)

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Perhaps the best-known "popular cultural product" that can be seen "as a form of popular geopolitics" is the TV show 24.  This show focuses on a character who has to prevent all sorts of bad things from happening to the United States.  These potential dangers typically have to do with geopolitics.  For example, Season 1 involves a plot to kill a presidential candidate in revenge for US involvement in the wars in the Balkans in the 1990s.  Other seasons focus on threats from Muslim terrorism and from China.

By focusing on such threats, the show identifies areas of the world and types of people that are seen as threats to the United States.  By identifying them on the show, it helps to reinforce them as threats in our minds.  The show then goes on to show us that threats to the United States can best be met by violence, torture, and other such methods.  This helps to construct for us the nature of the geopolitical world in which we live.


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