"Through a Screen Darkly: Popular Culture, Public Diplomacy, and America's Image Abroad" by Martha Bayles

Friday, 31 Oct 2014

In the first dozen pages of Through a Screen Darkly, Martha Bayles explores the foreboding feelings many have about the United States's soured image abroad as pop-culture exporters. Bayles should be thanked for her cultural analysis and wake-up call to America's citizens and policymakers. But her elucidation of this complex problem, and the reader's subsequent ability to articulate it, isn't going to make you feel one whit better. Our country's present scandalmongering trajectory seems unalterable given our increasingly secularized society's starting point: an optimistic anthropology. Such naiveté, pleads the author, must ...

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