Conflict Coverage and The Al Jazeera Arabic News Mediology: Shaping Cultural Identity in the Middle East

Conflict Coverage and The Al Jazeera Arabic News Mediology: Shaping Cultural Identity in the Middle East

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Conflict in a postmodern paradigm isn’t simply about sophisticated warfare, complicated sting operations and precision weaponry. Just as postmodernists Foucualt, Derrida , Debord and Rorty challenge the adaptability of theoretical constructs surrounding media production and consumption, parties to a conflict must “deconstructively” adapt at every moment to the speed at which information alters the landscape of battle grounds the world over. Conflict (and Conflict Resolution) depends increasingly on media perceptions and the informational value systems that form “cultural identity” – the diverse aggregates of ethnic, religious, racial, historic, geographical and socio-economic norms within society.

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