Fabricating the Absolute Fake
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Fabricating the Absolute Fake

By Jaap Kooijman
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The pageantry of Oprah Winfrey's talk show, the Coca-Cola empire, Michael Jackson's turn from the King of Pop into an iconic global recluse: American pop culture - Hollywood cinema, television, pop music - dominates the rest of the world through its hegemonic presence. Does that make everyone a hybridized American, or do these elements find mediation within the other cultures that consume them? Fabricating the Absolute Fake applies concepts of postmodern theory - Baudrillard's hyperreality and Eco's "absolute fake," among others - to this globally mediated American pop culture in order to examine both the phenomenon itself and its appropriation in the Netherlands, as evidenced by such diverse cultural icons as the Elvis-inspired crooner Lee Towers, the Moroccan-Dutch rapper Ali B, musical tributes to an assassinated politician, and the Dutch reality soap opera scene. A fascinating exploration of how global cultures struggle to create their own "America" within a post-9/11 media culture, Fabricating the Absolute Fake reflects on what it might mean to truly take part in American pop culture.

Onze wereld wordt gedomineerd door de Amerikaanse popcultuur. Fabricating the Absolute Fake onderzoekt de dynamiek van Amerikanisering aan de hand van hedendaagse films, televisieprogramma's en popsterren die reflecteren op de vraag wat het betekent om Amerikaan in een mondiale popcultuur te zijn. Jaap Kooijman analyseert zowel Amerikaanse popcultuur (Oprah Winfrey, Ally McBeal, Michael Jackson) als Nederlandse populaire cultuur (Ali B., Linda de Mol, Shouf Shouf Habibi!. Dit om te laten zien hoe wij een eigen Amerika vormen binnen een post-9/11 mondiale mediacultuur die wordt gedomineerd door de Verenigde Staten van Amerika. In plaats dat wij steeds Amerikaanser worden, hebben wij de Amerikaanse cultuur geïntegreerd in die van ons. Bovendien kan de Amerikaanse popcultuur een bindende factor zijn tussen verschillende culturele groepen binnen een vernieuwde Nederlandse identiteit.

Table of Contents
  • Introduction: Fabricating the Absolute Fake
  • CH1: We Are the World
  • CH2: The Oprahification of 9/11
  • CH3: The Desert of the Real
  • CH4: Americans We Never Were
  • CH5: The Dutch Dream
  • Conclusion: Let’s Make Things Better
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