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The Long Shadow of the Fifties

The Long Shadow of the Fifties

Chapter:
(p.185) Conclusion The Long Shadow of the Fifties
Source:
Monsters in the Machine
Author(s):
Steffen Hantke
Publisher:
University Press of Mississippi
DOI:10.14325/mississippi/9781496805652.003.0006

This chapter returns to Eisenhower's term “military-industrial complex” and outlines the concept's extended afterlife, especially in regard to the so-called “war on terror” after September 11, 2001. It suggests that then post-9/11 America under Bush might have seen a return of Eisenhower's (in)famous term. America may have stopped talking about the military–industrial complex for a while, but that did not mean that the military–industrial complex had, quietly, gone away. The return of the term marked a new awareness of political and economic conditions for which it had always been the most apt description. The chapter concludes with a final consideration of what 1950s science fiction films can tell us about the US in the present day—their impact on later films and their continued relevance to the culture.

Keywords:   science fiction films, American films, military–industrial complex, Eisenhower, war on terror

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