Speed, international security, and "New War" coverage in cyberspace

Walsh, Lucas and Barbara, Julien 2006, Speed, international security, and "New War" coverage in cyberspace, Journal of computer-mediated communication, vol. 12, no. 1, pp. 189-208, doi: 10.1111/j.1083-6101.2006.00321.x.

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Title Speed, international security, and "New War" coverage in cyberspace
Author(s) Walsh, Lucas
Barbara, Julien
Journal name Journal of computer-mediated communication
Volume number 12
Issue number 1
Start page 189
End page 208
Publisher Annenberg School for Communication
Place of publication Los Angeles, Calif.
Publication date 2006-11
ISSN 1083-6101
Keyword(s) War on Terror
international relations theory
global terrorism
Summary Mass media representations foster a view that the "War on Terror" is taking place both everywhere and nowhere, presenting Western governments with an opportunity to mobilize public support in new and ubiquitous ways. Starting with Virilio's critique of technology, speed, and de-territorialization, this article discusses the ways in which mass support is mobilized by the state in conventional pursuit of geopolitical objectives. Drawing on  contemporary international relations theory, the authors introduce the concept of "securitization" and discuss how war coverage in cyberspace has been used to securitize international threats, such as "global terrorism," to justify state intervention, including war. It is concluded that one of the paradoxes of war coverage in cyberspace is that whereas cyber-technologies should democratize the politics of war by liberating access to information about war, the state has coopted information and communication technologies to facilitate new forms of mass mobilization for war itself.
Language eng
DOI 10.1111/j.1083-6101.2006.00321.x
Field of Research 160607 International Relations
Socio Economic Objective 940399 International Relations not elsewhere classified
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
ERA Research output type C Journal article
Copyright notice ©2006, International Communication Association
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Collection: School of International and Political Studies
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