Communication and Culture in War and Peace by Colleen A. Roach

By Colleen A. Roach

Via exploring the function of either tradition and the mass media, this quantity fills a niche within the literature on struggle and peace. notable students supply an outline of serious mass media examine and open up totally new views at the ongoing debate over communications matters in struggle and peace. The contributions compile universal topics together with the military-industrial-communications complicated, cultural imperialism and transnational regulate of communications. a variety of views are lined, corresponding to gender concerns, language learn and bureaucratization.

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A desire to have protective weapons and alienation" (Gerbner, 1988, p. 25).

Other major media also participate body and soul in this complex. Again, Lee and Solomon (1990): Cap Cities/ABC and CBS are interlinked with other huge conglomerates that are part of the military-industrial complex. , including military and nuclear contractors. . There are numer­ ous interlocks between the board of directors of the New York Times and the nuclear industry, which partially explains why it has been a fanatical supporter of nuclear weapons, (p. 81) Theologian Fore (1991) notes that the interests of the military-industrial­ communication complex played a direct role in television's coverage of the Gulf War: Sponsors also greatly influence the kind of entertainment and the way news and information is portrayed.

In his view, the dichotomous Information and Culture in War and Peace 5 good/evil Western approach to covering international affairs, for exam­ ple, does not reflect just the ideology of capitalist media owners but also their cosmology (Galtung, 1989a). Thus seeing reality as black and white, whether it be George Bush versus Saddam Hussein or the Contras versus the Sandinistas, reflects at least thousands of years of Western civilization and not just the current dictates of capitalism. Holt (1987) emphasizes that in relating culture to peace, one must prioritize culture as an agency establishing value systems.

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