Media management has become a central component of the military’s war strategy, integrating images of battle, personal anecdote and vague strategic explanation into media spectacle. How did the media represent the causes, violence and atrocities of the Iraq war and how did they seek to mobilise public opinion?
The issue looks at war reportage as entertainment; investigates political activism and alternative war news; looks at children and war coverage; and considers the gendered representation of women at war. It questions the value of embedding journalists, analyses media imperialism and 24/7 news and identifies the future roles of mediawars.
Contributors: Anita Biressi, Rosalind Brunt, Cindy Carter, Maire Messenger Davies, Des Freedman, R. Harindrath, Pat Holland, Heather Nunn, Darren O’Byrne, Paul Rixon, Daya Thussu.