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By Debra Ramsay

For 3 generations of american citizens, international conflict II has been a touchstone for the knowledge of clash and of America’s position in international affairs. but when international struggle II contributed to shaping the belief of battle for american citizens, American media in flip form the knowledge and reminiscence of worldwide struggle II. focusing on key renowned movies, tv sequence, and electronic video games from the final twenty years, this ebook explores the severe impact global battle II keeps to exert on a iteration of usa citizens born over thirty years after the clash ended. It explains how the struggle used to be configured within the media of the wartime new release and the way it got here to be repurposed via their progeny, the newborn Boomers. In doing so, it identifies the framework underpinning the mediation of global conflict II reminiscence within the present generation’s media and develops a version that gives perception into the options of illustration that form the yankee standpoint of battle often.

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1). 1). However, neither Edmunds and Turner nor Burnett specify exactly how cultural material relates to generations or explain the processes through which “symbolic systems” express and transmit generational identity. In contrast, Sofia Aboim and Pedro Vasconcelos suggest that the concept of generations is itself a product of the “dominant cultural narratives produced in a given time-space location” (2014, 175). Michel Foucault’s (1969) identification of “discursive formations” is central to Aboim and Vasconcelos’s approach to generations.

They are media of memory because individuals and institutions consider them as having a mnemonic function, in some cases—as will become clear in the chapters dealing with film and television in particular— operating as memorials in their own right. But they also make visible the memory of media through the ongoing reconstitution of elements of previous representations. 6 Mnemonic structures are constituted of networks of interrelated and repurposed material and therefore carry within them the memory of previous representations.

As a series of events, World War II has obvious historical importance, but it is also a “charismatic epoch”—a set of circumstances and experiences that resonates across media and through time in a process of continual evaluation of past, present, and future. This chapter examines the formulation of World War II as a transmedia mnemonic structure that extends across the mediascape of two generations: the wartime generation and the Baby Boomers. As established in the previous chapter, transmedia mnemonic constructs are formed by the accumulation and subsequent reformulation of mediated material related to specific historical events.

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