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Framing conflict – the Cold War and after: Reflections from an old hack

Somerville, Keith (2017) Framing conflict – the Cold War and after: Reflections from an old hack. Media, War and Conflict, . ISSN 1750-6352. E-ISSN 1750-6360. (doi:10.1177/1750635217698336) (Access to this publication is currently restricted. You may be able to access a copy if URLs are provided) (KAR id:61047)

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The media – whether mainstream press, broadcasting and online services or social media – is still a major source of news about conflicts for the majority of people. They rely on the media to tell them what is going on in the world, select what is important or relevant and exclude the items that are deemed unimportant or unintelligible. The media uses forms of representation and framing to simplify and provide recognized depictions of distant countries, peoples and wars. These are part of the basic operating procedures of media organizations. But do they conceal or exclude more than they explain and do they give an accurate picture of the causes and combatants? Based on 40 years of monitoring, reporting and putting together news programmes on conflicts across the globe, the author seeks to analyse how framing works and the distortions in understanding that it leads to. The author gives his perspective on the five decades of conflict in Angola and the way framing has changed but done little to inform or educate.

Item Type: Article
DOI/Identification number: 10.1177/1750635217698336
Subjects: D History General and Old World > D History (General)
D History General and Old World > D History (General) > D839 Post-war history, 1945-
D History General and Old World > DT Africa
H Social Sciences
Divisions: Divisions > Division for the Study of Law, Society and Social Justice > Centre for Journalism
Depositing User: Keith Somerville
Date Deposited: 27 Mar 2017 10:45 UTC
Last Modified: 16 Feb 2021 13:44 UTC
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