By Debra Ramsay
For 3 generations of american citizens, international warfare II has been a touchstone for the knowledge of clash and of America’s function in international affairs. but when global struggle II contributed to shaping the conception of battle for american citizens, American media in flip form the certainty and reminiscence of worldwide warfare II. focusing on key well known movies, tv sequence, and electronic video games from the final 20 years, this e-book explores the severe impact global struggle II keeps to exert on a iteration of usa citizens born over thirty years after the clash ended. It explains how the battle was once configured within the media of the wartime iteration and the way it got here to be repurposed by means of their progeny, the child Boomers. In doing so, it identifies the framework underpinning the mediation of global warfare II reminiscence within the present generation’s media and develops a version that gives perception into the ideas of illustration that form the yank point of view of warfare more often than not.
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The development of transmedia mnemonic structures is part of what identifies a generational mediascape, and the mediascape itself functions as the operational setting for the system of memory. CONCLUSION Understanding memory as a procedural system in which media are intrinsically involved allows us to move beyond the debates concerning the “loss” of the past through its mediation. Such an approach also avoids the problems involved in attempting to establish definitions for various “kinds” of memory—collective, cultural, social, individual, and so on—and the impossibilities of setting boundaries between them.
Two of these warrant further discussion as they touch on elements that are important for this book: Alison Landsberg and Marita Sturken. Where Baudrilllard (1997) sees media producing spectral events and likens them to “phantom limbs . . which hurt even when they are no longer there,” Alison Landsberg (2004) sees mass media creating memories that are “worn” on the body like a prosthesis, enabling empathic connections across temporal, spatial, and cultural boundaries. In Landsberg’s approach, mass media provide memories of moments outside an individual’s direct experience and also potentially beyond his or her social and cultural milieu, allowing for the generation of empathy, which Landsberg defines as an “intellectual and emotional negotiation with the plight of the ‘other’ ” (2004, 108).
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