Constructing counter-terrorism (in Homeland, 24, and The West Wing)
in Fictional television and American Politics
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This chapter traces the interventions and impact of Homeland, 24, and The West Wing on America's world politics, with a focus on how Americans think and feel about counter-terrorism after 9/11. First, it maps out the relationship between these three shows and their fans, whether powerful politicians or ordinary people. All of these shows are problematic when it comes to helping write the era of the War on Terror. The chapter explores these difficulties in the next section. It argues that Homeland's efforts at identity contestation led to sedimentation and reification of the binaries upon which American counter-terrorism efforts have been based since 9/11. The third section considers the implications of fictional television's portrayal of torture during the era of the War on Terror. Finally, the chapter considers a related and similarly contentious issue: the need for pre-emptive military action to counter emerging but as yet incomplete threats.

Fictional television and American Politics

From 9/11 to Donald Trump

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