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Rethinking media and disasters in a global age: what’s changed and why it matters

Cottle, Simon 2014. Rethinking media and disasters in a global age: what’s changed and why it matters. Media, War and Conflict 7 (1) , pp. 3-22. 10.1177/1750635213513229

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Abstract

Today’s media ecology and communication flows circumscribe the globe, extending beyond and intensifying earlier spatial–temporal communication trends. New and old media increasingly enter into disasters shaping them from the inside out, and outside in, reconfiguring disaster social relations, channelling forms of political control and projects for change, and circulating deep-seated cultural views and sentiments. Approached in global context, disasters can also no longer be presumed to be territorially bounded or nationally confined events, seemingly erupting without warning to disrupt routines, established norms and social order. Many disasters are now increasingly best reconceptualised and theorised as endemic to, enmeshed within and potentially encompassing in today’s globally interconnected (dis)order. This article elaborates on these twin propositions about the changing ontology of disasters in a globalizing world and their epistemological constitution through media and communications and provides theoretical and conceptual coordinates for improved understanding and future research.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Journalism, Media and Culture
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HM Sociology
Uncontrolled Keywords: Disasters; global crises; social media; surveillance; traditional media
Publisher: SAGE Publications (UK and US)
ISSN: 1750-6352
Date of First Compliant Deposit: 14 March 2018
Last Modified: 11 Feb 2020 10:31
URI: http://orca.cf.ac.uk/id/eprint/53773

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