Have the media contributed to exacerbating the political, cultural and religious divides within Western societies and the world at large? How can media be deployed to enrich, not inhibit, dialogue? To what extent has the media, in all its forms, questioned, celebrated or simply accepted the unleashing of a ‘war on terror’? Media and Terrorism brings together leading scholars to explore how the world's media have influenced, and in turn, been influenced by terrorism and the war on terror in the aftermath of 9/11. Accessible and user-friendly with lively and current case studies, it is a perfect student text and is an essential handbook on the dynamics of war and the media in a global context.
Chapter 3: Media, War and Information Technology
Media, War and Information Technology
Christian Fuchs interrogates the role of new information and communication technologies (ICTs) in recent transformations of capitalism – involving privatization, commodification and financialization – and, in particular, new forms of imperialism and empire. Adopting a Marxist view of technology as a profoundly contradictory phenomenon that simultaneously offers possibilities for both the powerful and the powerless, he assesses precisely how networked technologies have been incorporated into the structures of capitalism and contemporary warfare. He highlights an ‘integrative’ strategy in which ICTs are increasingly used to naturalize official perspectives of war (through, for example, the embedding of journalists) and also to mediatize war itself (through new military hardware which embeds communicative functions into surveillance and killing machines). Far ...