Media Spectacle and the 2012 Elections

Event Date: 

Friday, November 30, 2012 - 1:00pm

Event Location: 

  • SSMS 2135

Douglas Kellner

In a series of books and articles, Douglas Kellner has argued that the concept of media spectacle provides a key to interpreting contemporary culture and politics, claiming that it has become a global phenomenon organizing news, journalism, politics, and entertainment. Building on his recently published book Media Spectacle and Insurrection, 2011: From the Arab Uprisings to Occupy Everywhere (Continuum, 2012), Kellner will analyze the 2012 Presidential Election as a media spectacle, engaging specifically with the Republican primaries, the presidential debates, and the Obama and Romney campaigns.

Douglas Kellner is the George Kneller Chair in the Philosophy of Education and Distinguished Professor at UCLA and is the author of many books on social theory, politics, history, and culture, including Camera Politica: The Politics and Ideology of Contemporary Hollywood Film, co-authored with Michael Ryan and an Emile de Antonio Reader co-edited with Dan Streible. Other works includeCritical Theory, Marxism, and Modernity; Jean Baudrillard: From Marxism to Postmodernism and Beyond; works in cultural studies such as Media Culture and Media Spectacle; a trilogy of books on postmodern theory with Steve Best; and a trilogy of books on the media and the Bush administration, encompassing Grand Theft 2000, From 9/11 to Terror War, and Media Spectacle and the Crisis of Democracy. Kellner is also the author of Herbert Marcuse and the Crisis of Marxism, and he is currently editing the collected papers of Herbert Marcuse, four volumes of which have appeared with Routledge. Kellner's book Guys and Guns Amok: Domestic Terrorism and School Shootings from the Oklahoma City Bombings to the Virginia Tech Massacre won the 2008 AESA award as the best book on education. In 2010, he published with Blackwell Cinema Wars: Hollywood Film and Politics in the Bush/Cheney Era and just published in 2012 Media Spectacle and Insurrection, 2011: From the Arab Uprisings to Occupy Everywhere. Kellner's website is at