Media and Wars
- To provide students with analytical tools necessary for tracing the evolution of media norms and practices in different countries and war situations.
- To develop student’s understanding of the different roles that war correspondents perform: victims, actors, or denunciators of propaganda endeavors.
- To assist students in assess critically the responsibility of journalists in the evolution of internal and external conflicts and wars.
- To be able to identify the basic historical periods of shifting war-reporting paradigms;
- To be able to evaluate critically the notion of journalistic objectivity with respect to war reporting;
- To be able to discuss argumentatively various theories of war journalism;
- To be able to perform framing analysis to investigate the media representations of conflicts and wars;
- To be able to employ the political-economic critique of media industries to explain the shortcoming of the media representations of wars;
- To be able to identify propagandistic messages, deconstruct them, and evaluate their origins from the vantage point of the Propaganda Model by Herman and Chomsky;
- To be able to discuss the difference in modern and post-modern media propaganda.
- Presentation of the course organization and assignments. History of war coverage: key dates.Thucydides’ History of the Peloponnesian War: an objective record of the past or a piece of literature? The Crimean War: the first modern war coverage? The Russo-Japanese War and the telegraph: the role of communication technology.
- World War I.The strategies of war: Propaganda, Censorship, PR. The role of radio and telegraph.
- World War II.War and Ideology: Fascism, Democracy, Totalitarianism. The role of music and cinema.
- The Cold War and McCarthyism.Vietnam War. The role of television. The influence of literary journalism. War as a spectacle. Blurring the lines between fiction and reality The Gulf War as a videogame.
- Media and terrorism.The role of the Internet.
- War and postmodernity.The role of drones. Fake news.
- Interim assessment (4 module)0.2 * Attendance/Participation + 0.4 * Reaction Papers + 0.1 * Semester Paper Presentation + 0.3 * Term Paper
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- Michael Griffin, & J Michael Griffin. (n.d.). Picturing America’s ‘War on Terrorism ’ in Afghanistan and Iraq Photographic motifs as news frames. Retrieved from http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=edsbas&AN=edsbas.8545A30D
- Sorce Keller, M. (2007). Why is Music So Ideological, and Why Do Totalitarian States Take It So Seriously? A Personal View from History and the Social Sciences. Journal of Musicological Research, 26(2–3), 91–122. https://doi.org/10.1080/01411890701361086
- Kent, G. (2007). Transformations of War: Implications for Democracy and the Media The Media of Conflict: War Reporting and Representations of Ethnic Violence, edited by Tim Allen and Jean Seaton Televising War: From Vietnam to Iraq, by Andrew Hoskins Debating War and Peace: Media Coverage of U.S. Intervention in the Post-Vietnam Era, by Jonathan Mermin War in the Media Age, by A. Trevor Thrall War and the Media: Reporting Conflict 24/7, edited by Daya Kishan Thussu and Des Freedman Media at War: The Iraq Crisis, by Howard Tumber and Jerry Palmer. Political Communication, 24(3), 321–328. https://doi.org/10.1080/10584600701471682
- Zizek, S. (2002). Welcome to the Desert of the Real! Retrieved from http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=edsbas&AN=edsbas.BAF6C011