Information, ideologies and alternatives: an investigation into how the news media informed audiences during the 2003 Iraq war

Cornell, Kirsty (2008) Information, ideologies and alternatives: an investigation into how the news media informed audiences during the 2003 Iraq war. BA dissertation, University of Portsmouth.

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    The purpose of this essay is to discuss how effectively television news programmes informed audiences in the prelude to and during the 2003 Iraq war. Within the media, recent technological advances have enabled new journalistic practices and information outlets to emerge, such as the "embedded" journalist and 24-hour news channels, along with alternative mediums such as the Arabic news channel Al-Jazeera. Although this essay is mainly concerned with television news output, the role of the internet as an alternative information provider is also discussed, in relation to suggestions that it represents a fourth type of journalism. The essay deduces that during the conflict the mainstream media demonstrated an over reliance upon official information; thus projecting the dominant ideology of the government via pro-war propaganda. Alternative mediums such as the internet and Al- Jazeera did challenge the dominant ideology of the mainstream, however, these had little impact on the mass populace. The essay suggests that whilst a range of mainstream and alternative information outlets were available to audiences, a range of perspectives and alternative ideologies were not. Therefore, this essay concludes that these new media technologies did not enable a greater understanding of the 2003 Iraq war, and proposes that a range of ideologies is more important within war reporting than the number of information outlets available.

    Item Type: Dissertation
    Departments/Research Groups: Faculty of Creative and Cultural Industries > School of Media and Performing Arts
    Depositing User: Jane Polwin
    Date Deposited: 20 Jan 2011 12:48
    Last Modified: 28 Jan 2015 11:14
    URI: http://eprints.port.ac.uk/id/eprint/515

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