The Alien Invasion Narrative and Global Modernity
Chapter Ten examines the development of a mode of un-American Gothic in alien invasion narratives on television, including The X-Files, Invasion, The Event, V, Fringe, and Falling Skies. These shows reflect widespread anxieties about the spread of global modernity and the resulting undermining of the traditional American way of life. The porousness of U.S. borders is one of the central sources of fear in these shows, and they feature nightmare images of alien-human hybrids and unnatural forms of reproduction. The aliens in these shows are typically associated with superior technology; they offer to cure diseases and solve other pressing problems, but at a high price--the sacrifice of human freedom to an Orwellian surveillance state. The shows present the nuclear family, the church, and other local institutions as the bulwark against the technocratic forces of globalizing modernity.
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