By Debra Ramsay
For 3 generations of american citizens, international struggle II has been a touchstone for the certainty of clash and of America’s function in international affairs. but when international warfare II contributed to shaping the belief of conflict for american citizens, American media in flip form the certainty and reminiscence of worldwide battle II. targeting key well known motion pictures, tv sequence, and electronic video games from the final twenty years, this e-book explores the serious impact global struggle II maintains to exert on a new release of usa citizens born over thirty years after the clash ended. It explains how the warfare was once configured within the media of the wartime new release and the way it got here to be repurposed by means of their progeny, the child Boomers. In doing so, it identifies the framework underpinning the mediation of worldwide conflict II reminiscence within the present generation’s media and develops a version that gives perception into the suggestions of illustration that form the yankee standpoint of battle usually.
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As established in the Introduction, I consider memory as a procedural and transmedial phenomenon. The understanding of memory as a process operating across media is explained in more detail in this chapter, and this approach is located within the broader spectrum of media and memory studies. As will also be clear from the Introduction, this book is concerned not only with how the process of memory making extends across media but also with how that process develops over time. One of the most effective ways of exploring the diachronic dimension of mediated memory is through generational mediascapes.
Transmedia mnemonic structures are an integral part of the “corpus of meaning” that describes historical events and therefore operate at the intersection of the system of memory and the system of generations. The concept of generations in turn provides a useful framework through which to consider the evolution of transmedia mnemonic structures through different historical eras. It is precisely because the generation shaped by World War II, the Baby Boomers, and the current generation are distinctly powerful structures articulated by cultural discourse and stretching across social, political, and economic spheres that I have selected these three generations as the focus of this book.
Indeed, such structures may well contain templates but are not necessarily entirely comprised of them. For example, World War II is far too large and complex a set of events to be considered a media template, yet representations of specific moments in the war coalesce within the larger framework to form media templates. Similar to the mathematical concept of the fractal, repeating patterns can be discerned at both the macro level of the structure but are also evident in the micro level of the templates.
American Media and the Memory of World War II by Debra Ramsay