Screening America under Bush, Obama, and Trump
in Fictional television and American Politics
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To recount America's relationship with the screen under Bush, Obama, and Trump, this chapter is structured in three parts. It first recalls the televisual events of 9/11, which had such a dramatic impact on US society and politics as well as the film and television industries. The chapter revisits the theme of propaganda and assesses the prevalence of films and TV focused on conflict during the War on Terror. Second, it explores Obama's frequent use of popular culture and his relationship with shows such as Homeland. The chapter recalls Obama's popular-culture fluency, across a variety of roles. Third, turning towards Trump, it outlines how we might make sense of his relationship with the screen, which is at once apparently straightforward and infuriatingly obscure. The chapter provides information on the symbiotic relationship Trump has with popular culture and the impact of his presidency on the very notion of fictional television.

Fictional television and American Politics

From 9/11 to Donald Trump

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