Cybermedia Go to War: Role of Converging Media During and After the 2003 Iraq War
Edited by Ralph Berenger
How Are Cybermedia Affecting Traditional Media and Society?
In mid-April 2004, the Bush Administration asked CBS 60 Minutes II to delay broadcast of a program that showed American soldiers abusing and torturing Iraqi prisoners of war at Abu Ghraib, saying the news could endanger U.S. troops fighting the ground war in Iraq. CBS complied.
But two weeks later the network broadcast the program after other journalists and bloggers were preparing to broadcast their own reports. Would 60 Minutes II have delayed broadcasting its program even longer without this competition?
For nearly four centuries people have relied upon traditional mainstream mass media for news during times of war. That dependency began to come apart during the 1991 Gulf War, when ordinary people began to link to the Internet. Today, cyberspace has become a major source of news and information about the Abu Ghraib prison abuse scandal and the 2003 Iraq War. In fact, a Google search in fall 2005 produced 5.4 million sites that mentioned the prison abuse and 118 million that mentioned the war.
What impact is cyberspace having on the creation and distribution of news during war time? Is it robbing traditional media of their control over news and information? Can the Internet be used to hold government more accountable? Can it help mobilize opposition to or support for a war? Is it an agent of control or change or both?
These are some of the questions that Ralph Berenger and 35 other media scholars from around the world tackle in Cybermedia Go to War—the sequel to the best-selling companion volume, Global Media Go to War (2004, Marquette Books). Like its predecessor, Cybermedia is written in a style accessible to a broad audience, es-pecially undergraduates taking courses in international communication and new media.
Ralph D. Berenger (Doctor of Arts, Idaho State University) is an assistant professor journalism and mass communication at the American University in Cairo, Egypt, where he teaches courses in international communication, ethics, media management and communication theory. He has published scores of scholarly articles, book chapters and book reviews, and has more than 30 years of professional experience as a newspaper and magazine reporter, editor, publisher and international consultant. His edited or co-authored books include Global Media Go the War and Media Musings: Interviews with Great Thinkers (both Marquette Books, 2004).
Everette E. Dennis (Ph.D., University of Minnesota) is the Distinguished Felix E. Larkin Professor of Media and Entertainment Industries at Fordham University. He has written numerous books and is senior contributing editor of Journalism & Mass Communication Educator.
And other contributors: Emmanuel Alozie, Lama al-Hammouri, Ibrahim Al-Marashi, Tal Azran, Eric Bain, Tim Boudreau, Lisa Brooten, Shaun Peter Cannon, Elaine Cardenas, Daniela V.Dimitrova, Andrea Falkenhagen, Carlos Fontes, Tao Lam Fung, Injy Galal, Naglaa Hassanien, Dina Hussein, Thomas J. Johnson, Barbara K. Kaye, Amy Mowafi, Stephen Quinn, Jon R.Pike, Shafiqur Rahman, Jyotika Ramaprasad, Chelsea Ross, Atsushi Tajima, Lamya Tawfik, Kaye D.Trammell, Melissa A. Wall, David Weinstock, and Andrew Paul Williams.
416 pp. / Paperback / 6 x 9 format / Spring 2006 / $49.95 / Includes CIP Data / ISBN: 0-922993-48-3 (cloth) $69.95 / ISBN: 0-922993-49-1 (paper) $49.95