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By Andaluna Borcila

ISBN-10: 0415741386

ISBN-13: 9780415741385

With the televised occasions of 1989, territories of jap and imperative Europe that were marked as impenetrable and inaccessible to the Western gaze exploded into visibility. because the narratives of the chilly struggle crumbled, new narratives emerged and new geographies have been produced on and by way of American tv. utilizing an understudied archive of yank information pronounces, and tracing their flashes and echoes via go back and forth courses and narratives of go back written by means of jap European-Americans, this publication explores American methods of seeing and mapping communism’s disintegration and the narratives articulated round post-communist websites and topics.

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S. television coverage produced the fall of the Berlin Wall and the Romanian revolution as events for their American audiences, how the relationship between East/West were imagined on television and encounters between American viewers and disintegrating communism were staged, and how television mapped disintegrating communism and produced a dominant geography of and dominant narratives about emerging post-communism. S. S. television as the crucial site of disintegrating communism, a site around which the Cold War relationship between ‘us’ and ‘them’ was re-staged.

Introduction 19 on her desire to return suggest the “doubling and troubling” work of what McKenzie Wark (1994) has called “telesthesia”8: the desire to see ‘history happening’ accompanies the desire to see Poland, the lost territory of her childhood, and she fears losing her Poland of memory to the Eastern Europe of history happening. These desires double and trouble each other on site as well, and I read this doubling of perspective as both a symptom of the returning immigrant’s displacement and as a strategy through which the narrator questions dominant ways of seeing Eastern Europe.

I. THE FALL OF THE BERLIN WALL AS ‘HISTORY HAPPENING’: THE ‘LIVE’ COVERAGE (NBC, NOVEMBER 10, 1989) 1. ” Let us allow Brokaw to catch his breath (he and the NBC crew were, after all, the only American television journalists on-site on November 9), give officials a chance to respond to the coverage of the previous day, and give television news a chance to better position itself and the Wall within its coverage. Let us move past television’s claim to offer us access to history as it happens and focus our attention to how it makes history happen.

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