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Book review: Through a Screen Darkly: Popular Culture, Public Diplomacy, and America’s Image Abroad., written by Martha Bayles

In: The Hague Journal of Diplomacy
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Through a Screen Darkly: Popular Culture, Public Diplomacy, and America’s Image Abroad. New Haven, ct: Yale University Press, 2014. isbn 978-0300123388, 336 pp., us$ 30.00.

Martha Bayles, a professor of humanities at Boston College and a respected us cultural critic, has extrapolated to foreign policy the peculiar American sensation of watching ‘The Simpsons’ while travelling abroad. Her central argument is that Hollywood has usurped control of American public diplomacy and harmed the national interest. This is an important point to make because of the sheer ubiquity of us cultural

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