Media and War


This lecture emphasized the role of the media in war coverage and in determining policies and outcomes of significant events (known as the CNN effect). In particular, it will emphasize the role of online media and new “propaganda” (or storytelling) to influence the perception on conflicts. Furthermore, the lecture questions the neutrality and objectivity of journalists, presenting the propaganda model and its opponents to explain current media behavior.


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Eytan Gilboa, The CNN Effect: The Search for a Communication Theory of International Relations, 2005
Edward S. Herman, The Propaganda Model: a retrospective, 2000
Jenny Pickerill, Frank Webster, The Anti-War/Peace Movement in Britain and the Conditions of Information War, 2006
Thomas M. Cioppa, Operation Iraqi Freedom strategic communication analysis and assessment, 2006
Matt Mc Donald, Securitization and the Construction of Security, 2008
Christian Christensen, Uploading dissonance: YouTube and the US occupation of Iraq, 2008