By Paul C, Dr Adams
The 2004 US election supplied the French media and its electorate with a springboard for reconceiving 'self' and 'Other'. Given its favorite competition to contemporary US international coverage, comparable to the invasion of Iraq; volley of insults and caustic comments reverberated among France and the U.S., with French observers linking the Bush administration's rules to specific teams and areas in the US, to a democratic deficit, to a perceived danger folks cave in and to the necessity for a higher Europe. via interpreting how the French media - newspapers, tv, the net and scholarly learn - represented the election from a serious geopolitical standpoint, this booklet presents the 1st significant in-depth research of perspectives of the U.S. in modern international media.
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Geopolitical Representation and its Contexts 25 Nationalism and the Triad Public discourses lend symbolic power to various social entities ranging in scale from the nuclear family to the community of all living things. Each scale of social organization offers peculiar resonance to the self-image of the perceiver, the “audience member,” and does so in ways that are deeply embedded in culture. The nation’s particular position is that of an identity foundation between spatial extremes. Moving down the scale we encounter the local community – the town or neighborhood.
The term is shorthand not only for their date of EU membership but also for their “failure” to view American dominance and unilateralism as the way of the future. Of course the US and Europe exist at the same moment in history. In the present the two places are intensely interdependent. Their differences in power, culture, and experience inspire different social trajectories, so that each national culture (judging by dominant discourses) sees itself moving into the future while the other lags behind or moves backwards.
These observations help us to understand how it can be that France and the US, while generally maintaining a relationship of uneasy alliance rather than enmity, nonetheless trade derisive remarks on a regular basis. French leaders ﬁnd it useful to critique the US while American leaders (at least during the George W. Bush administration) have found it useful to cast aspersions on France. French observers critique the US much more than they critique Germany (a difference at the level of representation), yet a sense of mild distrust shapes French views of both the US and Germany (a similarity at the level of conception).
Atlantic Reverberations: French Representations of an American Presidential Election by Paul C, Dr Adams