Kevin Howley, Drones: Media Discourse and the Public Imagination

Kevin Howley, Drones: Media Discourse and the Public Imagination 775780 EJC0010.1177/0267323118775780European Journal of CommunicationBook notes other2018 European Journal of Communication 2018, Vol. 33(3) 354 –363 Book notes © The Author(s) 2018 Reprints and permissions: sagepub.co.uk/journalsPermissions.nav https://doi.org/10.1177/0267323118775780 DOI: 10.1177/0267323118775780 journals.sagepub.com/home/ejc Kevin Howley Drones: Media Discourse and the Public Imagination, Peter Lang: New York, 2018; 318 pp.: €44.20, £36.00. ISBN: 9781433147425 Drones’ presence in our lives has become so ubiquitous that they are now a regular fea- ture even on children’s Christmas lists. However, the use of drones has been anything but innocent, especially in warfare, because, as Kevin Howley reminds us in his book Drones: Media Discourse and the Public Imagination, drones can also be ‘high-tech kill- ing machines’ (p. xv). In his view, drones are ‘the latest in a series of sublime technolo- gies to seize the public imagination’ (p. 17). He starts his book by arguing that while the stories told by former drone operators, survivors, witnesses and resistors are frequently ignored or underestimated, they are ‘essential if we are to fully comprehend the social, political and cultural implications of drones’ (p. xv). This is precisely the aim of his book – to explore the relationship between technology and culture by critically analysing ‘how news accounts and http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png European Journal of Communication SAGE

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775780 EJC0010.1177/0267323118775780European Journal of CommunicationBook notes other2018 European Journal of Communication 2018, Vol. 33(3) 354 –363 Book notes © The Author(s) 2018 Reprints and permissions: sagepub.co.uk/journalsPermissions.nav https://doi.org/10.1177/0267323118775780 DOI: 10.1177/0267323118775780 journals.sagepub.com/home/ejc Kevin Howley Drones: Media Discourse and the Public Imagination, Peter Lang: New York, 2018; 318 pp.: €44.20, £36.00. ISBN: 9781433147425 Drones’ presence in our lives has become so ubiquitous that they are now a regular fea- ture even on children’s Christmas lists. However, the use of drones has been anything but innocent, especially in warfare, because, as Kevin Howley reminds us in his book Drones: Media Discourse and the Public Imagination, drones can also be ‘high-tech kill- ing machines’ (p. xv). In his view, drones are ‘the latest in a series of sublime technolo- gies to seize the public imagination’ (p. 17). He starts his book by arguing that while the stories told by former drone operators, survivors, witnesses and resistors are frequently ignored or underestimated, they are ‘essential if we are to fully comprehend the social, political and cultural implications of drones’ (p. xv). This is precisely the aim of his book – to explore the relationship between technology and culture by critically analysing ‘how news accounts and

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Published: Jun 1, 2018

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