Parry-Giles & Parry-Giles Author Analysis of Fahrenheit 9/11

Professor Shawn J. Parry-Giles and associate professor Trevor Parry-Giles have authored a study of the blockbuster documentary Fahrenheit 9/11. The study is featured in The Rhetoric of the New Political Documentary, edited by Thomas Benson and Brian Snee and published by Southern Illinois University Press.

The Parry-Giles' contribution to the book, entitled "Virtual Realism and the Limits of Commodified Dissent in Fahrenheit 9/11" examines Michael Moore's 2004 documentary as an example of both deliberative and campaign rhetoric, and argues that the film undermined its own capacity to function as deliberative commentary on the Iraq War because of its "peculiar mix of humor and earnestness, of political idealism and mass media commodification, of insistence on authenticity and appeal to the virtual spectacle of hyperreality."

Other contributers to The Rhetoric of the New Political Documentary include Jennifer Borda, Martin Medhurst, & Robert Terrill.

Book CoverCitation: Parry-Giles, Shawn J., & Trevor Parry-Giles. "Virtual Realism and the Limits of Commodified Dissent in Fahrenheit 9/11." In The Rhetoric of the New Political Documentary, edited by Thomas W. Benson and Brian J. Snee, 24-53. Carbondale: Southern Illinois University Press, 2008.

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