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2011

Media

Eastern Kentucky University

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Postwar Media Manifestations And Don Delillo, Joshua Adam Boldt Jan 2011

Postwar Media Manifestations And Don Delillo, Joshua Adam Boldt

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Media's influence on postwar American culture is undeniable. Don DeLillo's fiction is often a commentary on that influence. Hyperreality, Simulacra, Consumerism, and News Addiction are all regular themes in DeLillo's novels; this paper explores all of these concepts through the lens of media theory. Special attention is given to the novels White Noise, Americana, and Mao II, as well as to the media theorists Jean Baudrillard, Walter Benjamin, and Antonio Gramsci. The paper is both a history and a critique of postwar consumer culture and the role that media plays in the construction of that culture.