By P. Seib
The new battle with Iraq has had the best effect on journalism because the Vietnam battle. ahead of the following warfare arrives, how the inside track media disguise clash -- and foreign affairs extra quite often -- might be scrutinized. The questions explored during this booklet comprise: * have been embedded newshounds' studies from Iraq overused and was once context sacrificed in desire of drama? * Is the connection among information companies and the Pentagon too comfortable? * Has Al-Jazeera's effect been underestimated? * Is the net superseding different media? * Has public international relations develop into mired in clumsy propaganda? * Do coverage makers know the way information assurance impacts worldwide politics? past front strains examines information insurance of recent battle, with specific emphasis at the functionality of reporters in the course of the 2003 U.S.-Iraq conflict. It additionally analyzes the connection among information assurance and American international coverage, in addition to how globalization is reshaping the scoop enterprise. Philip Seib additionally describes the altering applied sciences and ethics of recent battle, indicates methods reporters may well perform their task higher, and provides a brand new viewpoint at the function of the scoop media in a high-tech, globalized, and hazardous international.
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Extra info for Beyond the Front Lines: How the News Media Cover a World Shaped by War
Deterrence presumably would sufﬁce; otherwise, punishment such as that inﬂicted on Iraq in 1991 could discourage further adventurism. That approach is outdated. If a state or a non-state terrorist organization possesses biological, chemical, or nuclear weapons, the stakes become very different. Traditional measures such as deterrence or containment may be too risky because of the relative ease and speed with which those weapons can be used against a puny neighbor or a superpower. ” That is a frightening concept that news coverage has helped make comprehensible through reports not only about 9/11, but also PRELUDE TO IRAQ / 29 about terrorist attacks elsewhere, although none of these have been of the magnitude that terrorists might eventually launch.
In Afghanistan, precision-guided weapons—targeted by using satellites and 20 / BEYOND THE FRONT LINES lasers—made up about 60 percent of the weapons, up from 8 percent during the Gulf War and 35 percent in the 1999 Kosovo war. S. arms inventory. For the journalists covering war, this new precision changes the standards by which combat is judged. If weapons—primarily American weapons—can be targeted so accurately, then it should be possible to move back toward the kind of warfare in which combatants, not civilians, are the principal casualties.
By mid-2003, NATO had assumed command of the multinational force in Afghanistan. If NATO continues to expand its role and to create a permanent force for operations outside Europe, the entire global security structure could change, making the United Nations—which some see as too diverse and too slow to respond to crises—less relevant, particularly in military matters. If past patterns hold true, among the last to grasp the signiﬁcance of NATO’s evolution will be the news media. The post–Cold War years are over, re- PRELUDE TO IRAQ / 25 placed by the post-9/11 period, and as labels of eras change so does the way the world works.