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The Mediatization of War: A Comparison of the American and German Media Coverage of the Vietnam and Iraq Wars

The Mediatization of War: A Comparison of the American and German Media Coverage of the Vietnam... Abstract The last fifty years have seen the further expansion of the role of media during times of war. Although no longer dominated by large-scale propaganda agencies as during the two world wars, the media nevertheless have become ever more integral to the planning and conduct of wars. This article applies the concept of mediatization in an attempt to capture the ever-increasing role of the media during war times as part of an ongoing and accelerating historical process. It uses a comparative analysis to highlight the commonalities of this process as well as to emphasize national particularities. The article argues that the mediatization of war has significantly accelerated over the past fifty years and has established the media as the “fourth branch” of military operations, just as essential as the army, navy, and air force. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png American Journalism Taylor & Francis

The Mediatization of War: A Comparison of the American and German Media Coverage of the Vietnam and Iraq Wars

American Journalism , Volume 28 (4): 25 – Oct 1, 2011
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Taylor & Francis
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Copyright Taylor & Francis Group, LLC
ISSN
2326-2486
eISSN
0882-1127
DOI
10.1080/08821127.2011.10677801
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Abstract

Abstract The last fifty years have seen the further expansion of the role of media during times of war. Although no longer dominated by large-scale propaganda agencies as during the two world wars, the media nevertheless have become ever more integral to the planning and conduct of wars. This article applies the concept of mediatization in an attempt to capture the ever-increasing role of the media during war times as part of an ongoing and accelerating historical process. It uses a comparative analysis to highlight the commonalities of this process as well as to emphasize national particularities. The article argues that the mediatization of war has significantly accelerated over the past fifty years and has established the media as the “fourth branch” of military operations, just as essential as the army, navy, and air force.

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American JournalismTaylor & Francis

Published: Oct 1, 2011

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