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1 The Global Communication Environment of Heroes 1 Susan Drucker & Gary Gumpert Part I--Heroes in a World of Global Connection 2 Heroes and/as Communication 19 Lance Strate 3 Global Identification with Celebrity Heroes 45 William J. Brown & Benson P. Fraser 4 U.S. and European Heroism Compared 67 John Dean 5 From Distant Heroes to Intimate Friends: Media and the Metamorphosis of Affection for Public Figures 99 Joshua Meyrowitz 6 The Wrinkle Theory: The Deconsecration of the Hero 129 Gary Gumpert Part II--Heroes and September 11 7 The Two Faces of Osama bin Laden: Mass Media 151 Representations as a Force for Evil and Arabic Hero Mahmoud Eid 8 Female "Heroes" at Ground Zero: Verbal and 185 Visual Accounts Reconceptualize the "Heroic" Valerie Smith 9 Heroes in a Global World: An Examination of Traditional 205 Folkloric and Mythic Formulae for Heroes and Contemporary Iterations Susan Duffy 10 A Return of the "Real?" Discussions with Children 221 Ages 5 to 13 about the Contemporary Hero Cheryl Harris & Alison Alexander Part Ill-Case Studies 11 Defining the Heroic in a Context of Arab-Islamic Values: 243 A Case Study of Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan al Nahyan of the UAE Susan Swan & Timothy Walters 12 Orality versus Monotheism or Media versus Narratives: 283 Biblical Heroes and the Media Environment of the Spoken Word Eva Berger 13 Menachem Begin: A Hero's Guiding Vision 309 Sondra M. Rubenstein & Adam Ehrlich 14 Hero or Villain, but Always a Celebrity: John Paul II 337 Maria Way 15 Gods in All Things: Media, Culture, and Cycles 357 of Heroic Construction in Japan Todd Holden 16 Shrek as a Test of the Universality of the Hero's Quest 393 Steven C. Combs 17 The Mediated Sports Hero 415 Susan J. Drucker Part IV-The Business of Heroes 18 From Hero to Celebrity: The Political Economy of Stardom 435 Philip Drake 19 Celebrity Law 455 Susan Drucker Author Index 477 Subject Index 485