Global Communications, International Affairs and the Media by Philip Taylor

By Philip Taylor

In worldwide Communications, foreign Affairs and the Media considering that 1945 , Philip M. Taylor lines the elevated involvement of the media in problems with peace and particularly conflict from the 19th century to the current day. He analyzes the character, position and influence of communications in the foreign area in view that 1945 and the way communications interacts with international coverage in perform instead of in concept. utilizing reports which come with the Gul struggle and Vietnam, Taylor info the modern difficulties reporting whereas whilst delivering a accomplished historic context.

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Not all information has equal significance for every individual, even though the Internet gives the impression that all information has equal status. In a sense, 17 INTRODUCTION the fundamental challenge of this demassifying information age is how to train people to evaluate the importance of certain bits (or bytes) of information over others. But for as long as people still choose to rely on the mass media, they also need to understand that the very process of selection and omission, which is by definition part and parcel of the journalistic profession, brings us back into the realm of propaganda.

Yet for all the alarmist media coverage about an impending crisis in Zaire in late 1996, international humanitarian intervention was not deemed necessary, which begs the question of how well the media understood the issues involved or how capable they were in communicating realistic options to their consumers. THE THIRD WAVE The end-of-history debate prompted some, almost philosophical, thinking by historians about the relevance of what they do. It also provided an extremely useful analogy for our purposes here, namely the notion that a single monumental event is like a stone being thrown into the centre of a lake, creating ripples which make their inevitable way to the shoreline.

Moreover, the speed at which the international flow of information contributed towards the way these monumental events were being perceived by world public opinion became a much more significant consideration in the decision-making process than in any period before it. In 1945, the defeat of Nazism and Japanese imperialism was accompanied by the victory of largely Anglo-American democratic ideology over Stalinism in the form of the creation of the United Nations. Regardless of American aspirations, the very idea of such an organisation could never have emerged from the Soviet Union, except perhaps as a front for activities designed to achieve goals other than those for which the UN was designed.

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