Abduction: The Ufo Conspiracy by David Bischoff

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While Actor Network Theory has been critiqued for not dealing with structures, I think both ANT and a critical political economy of communications can be used to ­understand the role played by networks within the new structures of domination. Vincent Mosco, in his classic text The Political Economy of Communication, makes the point that, in order to study the media, one needs to study it in context, within the ­structures and processes that give it meaning and enable its production and reproduction.

Arab leaders met to discuss the conceit, and Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi invoked it. S. Naipaul and Islam for Dummies) (Rusciano 2003; Said 2001; Schmitt 2005). Not everyone was so taken with these ideas. UNESCO’s Director General prefaced the Organization’s worthy Declaration on Cultural Diversity with a rebuttal (Matsuura 2001) and El País’s cartoonist Máximo traumatically constructed a dialogue alongside the tumbling Towers: “Choque de ideas, de culturas, de civilizaciones” [Clash of ideas, of cultures, of civilizations] drew the reply “choques de desesperados contra instalados” [the clash of the desperate against the establishment] (quoted in García Canclini 2002: 16).

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