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Movies, tv, and American tradition permeates even the main distant reaches of the globe in exceptional degrees. What have an effect on does the unfold of the yankee zeitgeist have on international perceptions of the united states? This publication analyzes the advanced function leisure performs in overseas coverage - weighing its advantages and setbacks to nationwide pursuits abroad.

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Journals and magazines of all types sent correspondents to South Africa to increase the flow of information and attempted to make contact with individuals already in the besieged towns. However, a combination of cut telegraph lines, unreliable dispatches sent via heliograph, and an aggressive censorship policy implemented by the British military made getting access to reliable information difficult. 96 Eventually, the sieges were lifted (including the infamous siege at Mafeking that triggered a wild night of street celebration and merriment in several British cities) and superior numbers of British forces were brought to bear that resulted in the defeat of the Boer armies.

The revolt began when Indian soldiers enrolled in the British army killed their commanding officers and took control of several key towns in central India. Britain responded with a brutal and bloody counterrevolutionary effort that saw atrocities committed on both sides. 54 In the succeeding years after the rebellion, the British government abolished the East India Company and turned over the administrative responsibilities of India to the Colonial Office of the British government. This action had a slight ring of irony given that Britain was at the height of its infatuation with liberal free trade economics and informal approaches to imperial governance.

53 Rather than acting as a means to soften the blow of an expanding British imperial footprint, new innovations in media technology, which included the tactics of sensational journalism and staged entertainment, celebrated these coercive steps of imperial expansion and legitimized a policy of more aggressive foreign interventions among the domestic population. Rarely was this technology directed overseas in an effort to pacify indigenous groups who increasingly turned to violence to resist British expansion, and when it was tried, as in the case of Charles Gordon’s trip to Sudan discussed below, the result were inauspicious.

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