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date: 22 April 2019

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This article appears in the Oxford Handbook of Sound and Image in Digital Media edited by Carol Vernallis, Amy Herzog, and John Richardson. This essay offers a close reading of Barry Levinson’s Wag the dog (New Line Cinema, 1997) in order to discuss a series of issues pertaining to the relation of cinema and reality in the digital era. Wag the Dog functions as an exemplary case study wherein the pro-filmic, the filmic, and the post-filmic events illustrate the complex interactions of the cinema/reality in this new phase of digital ontology. This essay follows the evolving nature of terms and concepts, such as analog and digital inscriptions, reference, indexicality, and fiction and nonfiction discourse while it traces the intricate interactions between film and reality in the current media-saturated social reality.

Keywords: film, reality, ontology, simulation, history, media reception

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