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American Documentary FilmProjecting the Nation$
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Jeffrey Geiger

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780748621477

Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: September 2012

DOI: 10.3366/edinburgh/9780748621477.001.0001

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Media Wars: Documentary Dispersion

Media Wars: Documentary Dispersion

(p.217) Chapter 8 Media Wars: Documentary Dispersion
American Documentary Film

Jeffrey Geiger

Edinburgh University Press

Chapter 8 meditates on what it calls documentary ‘dispersion’, considering whether new markets, technologies, and social challenges can be met through documentary's distinctive modes of address and filmmakers' ongoing efforts to engage with and influence the social imaginary. Given the ever-broadening range of documentary production and consumption, this chapter focuses more narrowly on a pressing issue taken up by recent documentary: the representation of US wars, and in particular the Iraq War. It includes a close reading of Fahrenheit 9/11.

Keywords:   new media, television, journalism, Iraq War, Michael Moore, Fahrenheit 9/11, alternative media, Wikileaks

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