Article published in:The Soft Power of War
Edited by Lilie Chouliaraki
[Benjamins Current Topics 3] 2007
► pp. 109–128
Computer games as political discourse
The case of Black Hawk Down
The paper analyses how the March 1993 American intervention in Somalia is represented in the movie Black Hawk Down and the computer game of the same name. Using a discourse historical approach, the paper combines three methods: (1) analysis of the ‘special operations discourse’ that underlies both film and game, and social actor analysis of the way the parties involved in the conflict are visually and verbally represented; (2) the political history of the conflict represented in the two entertainment products, and the history of the ‘special operations discourse’ itself; and (3) an account of the collaboration between the US military and entertainment industry in the production of both film and game.
Keywords: computer war games, discourse history, Hollywood war films, political propaganda, social actors, special operations discourse
Published online: 05 June 2007
Cited by 3 other publications
Catalano, Theresa & Linda R. Waugh
Höglund, Johan & Martin Willander
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