From the recent shootings at Virginia Tech University to the tragedies at Columbine and Oklahoma City, certain common traits can be traced through all of these events. In Guys and Guns Amok, media and cultural critic Douglas Kellner provides a fascinating diagnostic reading of these acts of domestic terrorism. Skillfully connecting each case with the current environment for male socialization and the search for identity in an American culture obsessed with guns and militarism, Kellner's work is a sobering reflection on these tragedies and the pervasive power of media and popular culture as well as a wake-up call for the future.
Table of Contents
Introduction: Media Spectacle and the "Virginia Tech Massacre" Chapter 1: Deconstructing the Spectacle: Race, Guns, and the Culture Wars Chapter 2: The Situation of Contemporary Youth Chapter 3: Constructing Male Identities and the Spectacle of Terror Chapter 4: What Is to Be Done?