Volume 4, Issue 1 (2014) Creating Health from Below? Exposing and Resisting the Power of Media Culture over Public Health.As members of cultures dominated by media, we tend to construct our identities out of models presented to us by the internet, TV, film, music, and various kinds of print media (Kellner 1995). What it is for us to be “healthy” is no exception. Through the norms embedded in its images, sounds, and messages, a media culture invests its consumers with a potent sense of what it means to achieve health—including the proper ways to pursue and, quite often, purchase it. As a result, we are constrained in our capacity to adopt—and even to imagine—alternative conceptions of “health,” both for ourselves and for the groups of which we are a part. Furthermore, this problem is not easily quarantined by political borders. As U.S. media culture spreads globally, countless others might be infected by its conceptions of “health.”
From the Editors
PROTEST THROUGH REIFICATION OF THE SYSTEM IN CONTEMPORARY HEALTH POLICY FICTION
David A. Rochefort Ph.D.