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The Terrorist and His Media (a rereading of the Sorcerer and His Magic)
Applying Dayan and Katz's concept of media events to the terrorist attacks of September 11, this essay opposes functionalist and structuralist explanations of how society relates to the mass media. It shows that it is possible to think that mass media today play the role that the shaman - as conceived by structuralism - plays in traditional societies: the one of reinforcing (or creating) the very idea of society. It goes on to discuss the desirability of such a position and the possibility of escaping from the centralism of the 'big media', as opposed to the decentralised 'small media'.

Civic hacking or new experts? - New challenges to media regulatory governance
The emergence of new convergent media, markedly of the Internet, has brought about the perception that media and telecommunications regulatory structures need to be changed. These expected changes raise new questions about regulatory governance. The essay argues that the emergence of the new media stimulated the emergence of a new group of experts: hackers. It also argues that hacking may already be playing an important role in regulating the new media and suggests that this new social process should be taken into consideration in the formulation of the needed changes to the old regulatory structures.

Welcome to the Desert of the News:
Quantitative content analysis of terrorism and anti-globalisation on UK National Newspapers

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This essay presents a quantitative content analysis of the terms terrorism and anti-globalisation (and variations of them) on UK national newspapers from September 1999 to September 2003. The analysis is based on a hypothesis developed by Slavoj Zizek in his book “Welcome to the Desert of the Real”, which states that September 11 “is being appropriated for ideological causes”. According to the author, all mass media claim that anti-globalisation “is now out” (2002b: 48). The analysis offers evidence that, at least in the British national newspapers, if there is any manipulation, it does not seem to be a direct one, and that the indirect association of anti-globalisation with terrorism has started before September 11.

 

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