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The Invisible Hand in Popular CultureLiberty vs. Authority in American Film and TV$
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Paul A. Cantor

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780813140827

Published to Kentucky Scholarship Online: May 2013

DOI: 10.5810/kentucky/9780813140827.001.0001

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The Truth Is Still Out There

The Truth Is Still Out There

The X-Files and 9/11

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(p.276) (p.277) 9 The Truth Is Still Out There
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The Invisible Hand in Popular Culture
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Paul A. Cantor

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University Press of Kentucky
DOI:10.5810/kentucky/9780813140827.003.0010

Chapter Nine discusses the impact of 9/11 on American popular culture. At the time, media experts predicted that 9/11 would transform film and television forever and lead to a new wave of patriotism. Pundits argued that anti-government shows such as The X-Files had been made irrelevant by 9/11 and would be relegated to obscurity. The chapter argues for the relevance of The X-Files to 9/ll; the series had anticipated the spread of global terrorism, and its spin-off, The Lone Gunmen, had even eerily predicted details of the 9/11 attacks. The chapter examines “The Truth,” the last episode of The X-Files, and treats it as a critique of the emerging War on Terror. It then shows that later films such as The Dark Knight and television series such as 24 did not cease to be critical of government in the wake of 9/11, but instead followed the model of The X-Files.

Keywords:   9/11, The X-Files, terrorism, The Lone Gunmen, War on Terror, The Dark Knight, 24

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