By Ekaterina Balabanova
The booklet is easily geared up and targeting a conflict that has had and is constant to have abundant box for dialogue in Europe, while US concentration has shifted to the Iraq post-war box. the writer has the ease past having the schooling historical past in political technology from either Western and japanese Europe, to have additionally lived in either areas through the Kosovo clash and hence the facility so as to add the flavor of hands-on wisdom - not just approximately what the media acknowledged in regards to the clash, but additionally what the media stored silent approximately. hence, this e-book provides intensity to the examine at the topic and for my part is a wanted learn for comprehending the topic of media and politics interplay, particularly within the severe box of warfare and in a society the place impressions created with the ability of authoritative media at the back of them and subsidized by way of geopolitics has the power to overshadow truths.
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Journalists’ agenda-setting power is hardly new. In 1963 Cohen (cited in Strobel, 1997: 60−65) wrote that ‘the press may not be successful much of the time in telling people what to think, but it is stunningly successful in telling its readers what to think about’. What has changed since this observation was made is television’s ability to bring foreign policy problems to the attention of policy-makers much more rapidly and graphically. 5 It is worth noting that the difference between constructing a conﬂict and ‘creating facts’ is very narrow (Moorcraft, 1999: 8).
The works of Boyer and Drache (1996); Weiss (1998), Hirst and Thompson (1999) develop this argument. In between these two dichotomous approaches comes the more subtle understanding of the processes of globalisation that recognises that profound changes have taken place in the global organisation of capital but insists on the centrality of states in the processes of globalisation (see, for example Mittelman, 1997; Panitch, 1997; Dicken, 1998; Cerny, 2000; Germain, 2000; Scholte, 2000). It is worth noting also that analysts studying globalisation, such as the ones mentioned above, tend to focus on the impact of globalisation on relatively strong cohesive states.
Hence, when policy is unclear or ill-deﬁned the media indeed have some inﬂuence on policy. On the other hand, ‘the media effect on policy decreases as the clarity of deﬁnition and articulation of strategic interest increases’. Accordingly, signiﬁcant media impact can be detected ‘only at moments of policy panic when governments have no robust policy’ or ‘where policy-making is weak or cynical’ (Minear, Scott and Weiss, 1996: 73); Gowing (2000: 210). There is therefore, as Gowing (1996: 85) argues, an important distinction between the tactical impact of TV – its localised, immediate impact – and its medium-to-long term strategic impact on overall government policy-making (emphasis in the original).