American Empire and the Arsenal of Entertainment: Soft Power by Eric M. Fattor (auth.)

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By Eric M. Fattor (auth.)

Movies, tv, and American tradition permeates even the main distant reaches of the globe in unheard of degrees. What have an effect on does the unfold of the yankee zeitgeist have on worldwide perceptions of the USA? This booklet analyzes the complicated function leisure performs in overseas coverage - weighing its advantages and setbacks to nationwide pursuits abroad.

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48 In addition to the formal displays, the exhibition was also a scene of furious publishing and pamphleteering. Writers were wandering the grounds, soliciting attendees to purchase their small tracts for a shilling apiece. The most popular of these small works were commemorative poems and musings on the power and majesty of Great Britain represented in the Great Exhibition. These ranged from simple anonymously written verses to more eloquent offerings by established writers. —Britannia’s flag unfurled, Speaks Peace and Freedom to th’assembled world!

A. Hobson, jingoism is “a coarse patriotism, fed by the wildest rumors and the most violent appeals to hate and the animal lust of blood . . ” 78 This jingoistic passion gripped British society at the beginning of the South African War, allowing expansionist interests in British society and the government to pursue their interests with the enthusiastic backing of public opinion and virtually no organized dissent. According to Hobson, these expansionist interests were “certain definite business and professional interests feeding upon imperialistic expenditure .

49 The complimentary themes of technological advancement combined with patriotism implicit in many of the demonstrations allowed the exhibition to appeal to a wide cross section of British society. 50 Legitimacy through Popular Entertainment 23 There were also noticeable racial, ethnic, and class tensions detectable among many publications covering the exhibition, especially those oriented toward workers. With a large segment of industrial workers upset at the increasing power of commercial and industrial interests after the repeal of the Corn Laws, events like the Great Exhibition were sometimes attacked by many of the cheaper newssheets and journals like Punch.

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