Culture War: How the ’90s Made Us Who We Are Today (Whether We Like It or Not)

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McFarland, Jul 8, 2016 - Social Science - 352 pages
What didn’t you like about the 1990s—the peace or the prosperity? Setting aside nostalgia for the end of the 20th century, this book takes a candid look at the decade after the Cold War and before 9/11, when America’s culture war began with the election of a media-savvy, Baby Boomer president (and his liberal feminist wife). Bill Clinton’s postmodern administration betokened gay equality, an education-based labor force and a race and gender-diverse workplace and government, panicking conservatives and sparking the 1994 Republican Revolution. Meanwhile, with the advent of the 24-hour cable news cycle and the Internet, a media “punditocracy” arose. Parsing every event from the O.J. Simpson trial to the Monica Lewinsky scandal, commentators and talk show hosts spun news, politics and pop culture until they became one thing. Beginning with the “Red and Blue” partitioning of America that would nurture the Tea Party, and ending with the 9/11 attacks, this examination of the 1990s demonstrates how the decade shaped the world we live in today.
 

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Contents

Preface
1
Postcards from the Edge
5
1 Falling Down
11
2 Daddys DyinWhos Got the Will?
28
3 The year that Washington lost its mind
48
A Love Story
73
5 If It BleedsIt Leads
97
6 MustSee TV
122
9 Identity Politics
199
10 Its the New Economy Stupid
218
11 Political Pornography
245
12 The Seinfeld Election
265
13 Epic Fail
289
14 Bright Shiny Morning
302
Dont Stop Thinkin About Tomorrow
323
Bibliography
329

7 IndiePendents Day
143
8 A Holiday from History?
171

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Telly Davidson is an award-winning culture writer who has contributed to the Emmy-nominated Pioneers of Television and the WGA-endorsed The WRITE Environment series. He has written extensively on film, television, and music and was the lead Culture Columnist for The FrumForum (NewMajority) from 2009 to 2012. He lives in southern California.

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