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Digital War Reporting examines war reporting in a digital age. It shows how new technologies open up innovative ways for journalists to-convey the horrors of warfare while, at the same time, creating opportunities for propaganda, censorship and control. Topics discussed include:

How is the role of the war reporter evolving as digital technologies become ever more prominent?

What is the rhetoric of war in digital journalism? How does an emphasis on liveness, immediacy or realness shape public perceptions of the nature of warfare itself?

Is technology widening the gap between 'us' and 'them', or are new kinds of empathy being established with distant others as time, space and place are effectively compressed?

A key focus is journalists' use of digital imagery, real-time video and audio reports, and multimedia databases - as well as satellites, broadband, podcasting and mobile telephones - in the reporting of a range of wars, conflicts and crises. The book employs a wealth of examples to illustrate its arguments, including web-based news coverage of war in Iraq, the first 'internet war' waged in Kosovo, digital imagery from September 11 to the execution of Saddam Hussein, warblogs written by journalists, soldiers and ordinary citizens, and the use of mobile technologies in warzones.

Digital War Reporting is required reading for students, researchers and journalists.

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Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
"This is an incisive and often gripping study of how digital mediatransform coverage of conflict. For those who study the evolvingrelationship between war and journalism, Digital WarReporting is essential reading."
Philip Seib, University of Southern California

"If satellite television muddied the wartime distinction between'us' and 'them,' newer digital technologies make it even moreproblematic. Matheson and Allan deftly critique these developments,revealing the moral and political dimensions of war reportingtransmitted through these new forms of personal, social andjournalistic expression."
Stephen D. Reese, University of Texas

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780745642758
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 11/1/2009
  • Series: DMS - Digital Media and Society Series
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 192
  • Product dimensions: 6.10 (w) x 8.30 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

Donald Matheson, Senior Lecturer in Mass Communication,University of Canterbury, New Zealand

Stuart Allan, Professor of Journalism, BournemouthUniversity

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Table of Contents

1 New Wars, New Reporting 1

2 The 'First Internet War' 28

3 Conflicted Realities 58

4 The Citizen Journalist at War 92

5 Visual Truths: Images in Wartime 130

6 Making Connections: The Politics of Mediation 166

References 188

Index 206

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