Bloggers, unilaterals and the 21st century battlefield

Lock, Robert (2012) Bloggers, unilaterals and the 21st century battlefield. BA dissertation, University of Portsmouth.

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    Abstract

    This essay will a present a discussion on how the emergence of the blogger has upset the conventional argument between the embedded and unilateral war correspondent and also how the blogger poses a threat to information dominance. Through study of available literature it examines how bloggers, particularly in warzones now present a significant risk to the military’s aims of information dominance and also how they can now be recognised as a source of news. It charts the conception of the war correspondent and its evolution up the type of war correspondence we recognise now. It examines the argument between embedded and unilateral correspondents and how this argument is now outdated due to the emergence of the blogger. It discusses the creation of psychological operations and attempts at information dominance, particularly by the United States in recent conflicts. It also examines censorship, especially in China, and the attempts being made to silence bloggers and citizen journalists. It deals with the emergence of the blogger and how they can now be considered legitimate targets by the military.

    The essay concludes that bloggers now play a crucial role in the distribution of information and can be recognised as a viable news source. This essay aims to recognise that bloggers can also be targeted by governments and the military and that they pose a genuine threat to information dominance.

    Item Type: Dissertation
    Departments/Research Groups: Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences > School of Social, Historical and Literary Studies
    Depositing User: Jane Polwin
    Date Deposited: 20 Jul 2012 15:05
    Last Modified: 28 Jan 2015 12:04
    URI: http://eprints.port.ac.uk/id/eprint/8545

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