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British news media, war and theory in the 2003 invasion of Iraq

This book analyses British news media coverage of the 2003 invasion of Iraq. It describes the analytical framework that serves as the basis for theoretically informed and systematic analysis of wartime media performance. The book synthesises a range of models, hypotheses and explanatory variables to set out a framework composed of three models of news media performance: the elite-driven model, the independent model and the oppositional model. It provides three case studies which, in different ways, illuminate each model of news media performance in wartime. The three case studies include the case of Jessica Lynch, the case of Ali Abbas and the case of the anti-war movement. The book then presents an account of how the relationship between foreign policy, news media and war might be expected to operate, based on current theoretical understanding. In order to place British coverage of the invasion in context, the book offers brief summaries of the structure and character of Britain's television news services and its press. The book provides an analysis of the ways in which the news media's visual depictions of the war reinforced supportive coverage. It is devoted to documenting and analysing evidence for negotiated and oppositional coverage. The book also examines the representation of civilian casualties, military casualties and humanitarian operations across both television and press, three subject areas that generated a good deal of media criticism.

This unique anthology presents thirty-two texts on contemporary prints and printmaking written from the mid-1980s to the present. The essays range from academic art history to popular art criticism and creative writing; taken together, they form a critical topography of printmaking today.

The book’s four sections provide: A genealogy of printmaking and print culture; A sample of debates on contemporary printmaking, beginning with Ruth Weisberg’s influential ‘The syntax of print’ (1986); A range of critical terms and themes; Examples of some of the major spheres of print activity, such as production, collecting, dissemination, education and research

Drawing on a cast of distinguished scholars, artists and curators, the book makes available a selection of widely dispersed and difficult-to-find texts. This includes extracts from works not yet available in English, such as Die Welt als T-Shirt (1997) by Beat Wyss and La Ressemblance par contact (2008) by Georges Didi-Huberman. There are also contributions from scholar and book artist Johanna Drucker, mathematician and computer artist Frieder Nake, curators Daniel F. Herrmann, Gill Saunders and Mari Carmen Ramírez, and the editors of the award-winning website Printeresting.

Featuring an overall introduction by the editor, as well as introductions to each of the sections, the anthology is aimed at an audience of international stakeholders in the field of contemporary prints, printmaking and print media, ranging from art students and practising artists to museum curators, critics, educationalists and scholars. It provides the basis for an expansion of the debate in the field and a starting point for further research.

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Reading practices and participation in digital and medieval media
Heather Blatt

then chose to make – thus necessitates considering how writers anticipated that readers might express agency.5 Agency itself has generated much enthusiasm among critics of digital media. Such critics have viewed digitally mediated interaction and participation as anticipating and instantiating poststructuralist, postmodern theories of the open text. Representing the first wave of new media criticism, George Landow argued that hypertext, for example, ‘provides an infinitely recenterable system whose provisional point of focus depends upon the reader, who becomes a

in Participatory reading in late-medieval England
Irish republican media activism since the Good Friday Agreement
Author: Paddy Hoey

Newspapers, magazines and pamphlets have always been central, almost sacred, forms of communication within Irish republican political culture. While social media is becoming the primary ideological battleground in many democracies, Irish republicanism steadfastly expresses itself in the traditional forms of activist journalism.

Shinners, Dissos and Dissenters is a long-term analysis of the development of Irish republican activist media since 1998 and the tumultuous years following the end of the Troubles. It is the first in-depth analysis of the newspapers, magazines and online spaces in which the differing strands of Irish republicanism developed and were articulated during a period where schism and dissent defined a return to violence.

Based on an analysis of Irish republican media outlets as well as interviews with the key activists that produced them, this book provides a compelling long-term snapshot of a political ideology in transition. It reveals how Irish Republicanism was moulded by the twin forces of the Northern Ireland Peace Process and the violent internal ideological schism that threatened a return to the ‘bad old days’ of the Troubles.

This book is vital for those studying Irish politics and those interestedin activism as it provides new insights into the role that modern activist media forms have played in the ideological development of a 200-year-old political tradition.

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Resisting racism in times of national security
Editor: Asim Qureshi

In times of national security, scholars and activists who hail from the communities under suspicion attempt to draw readers and listeners to the complexity of the world we inhabit. For those who campaigned against the SUS law in the 1980s, when young Black men were being routinely stopped in the streets, the wave of counter-terrorism legislation and policy that exists today will be very familiar. Similarly, recent discussions about the impact of drill music in the culture of young Black men has drawn questions around the ways in which they should be securitised, with senior police calling for the use of terrorism legislation against them. In this environment, when those who study and have lived alongside the communities who are at the scrutiny of the state raise questions about the government, military and police policy, they are often shut down as terrorist-sympathisers, or apologists for gang culture. In such environments, there is an expectation on scholars and activists to condemn what society at large fears. This volume is about how that expectation has emerged alongside the normalisation of racism, and how these writers choose to subvert the expectations raised on them, as part of their commitment to anti-racism.

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Costas Simitis

, framing them as prescriptions of the Troika, over which they had no room for manoeuvre. In this context it is no wonder that the programme of reform never received the public support it needed. Media criticism of the government’s handling of the crisis, even from outlets that supported the administration, was widespread. Reports highlighted the lack of coordination between ministers, their unwillingness Greece.indb 139 3/13/2014 1:56:42 PM 140 Part III: Debt restructuring and power games to defend the government position and the complete absence of constructive or

in The European debt crisis
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Patterns of support, negotiation and opposition
Piers Robinson, Peter Goddard, Katy Parry, Craig Murray, and Philip M. Taylor

and Palmer’s (2004) claim that coverage on balance was critical. Tumber and Palmer (2004) are correct in their identification of news media criticism, but this criticism tended to occur only within specific subject categories and among particular news outlets rather than at an aggregate level. Moreover, much of the criticism occurred at a procedural rather than a substantive level. Our findings here offer a bigger challenge to the US-based study by Aday, Livingston and Hebert (2005). On the basis of a reporter approach measure, they concluded that coverage was

in Pockets of resistance
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Maurice Roche

sustainability and conservations is no doubt undertaken for defensive as well as for progressive reasons. That is, it is done in the bidding and preparation phases to pre-empt and deflect public unease and media criticism of large-scale projects. Because of their scale and uniqueness from the host city’s perspective, they can inevitably carry a certain degree of risk of wasting public financial resources as well as urban resources of land, buildings and infrastructures. In addition the ‘greening’ of mega-events can be undertaken for more progressive reasons to promote

in Mega-events and social change
The politics of performance in the Spanish sophisticated comedy of the 1940s
Stuart Green

comedy of the period concerned. Likewise, the fireman’s cry of ‘¡Atiza!’ [Crikey!] in Rumbo al Cairo is addressed directly to the camera rather than to oneself, as in the above case of Antonio Riquelme. The greatest exaggeration characteristic of the españolada can be seen in Antonio Casal’s performance in Pepe Conde as Conde Juan José, whose use of hands, arms and shoulders (especially in the sequence when he reads a telegram) is far more affected than in Casal’s sophisticated comedies. 68 Performance and Spanish film Media criticisms Viewed in the light of the

in Performance and Spanish film
Alistair Cole

governmental leaks and the media have been held at a distance. The processes within the LRM party were also guided by principles of confidentiality and hierarchy (Lemarié and Rescan, 2017 ). The negative effects of the Benalla affair of July 2018 highlighted the dangers of this secretive leadership style and practice: namely, that presidential advisors could exercise undue influence and that Macron did not deign to respond to public or media criticism. Another inconsistency within Macron's narrative lies in the interplay between authority and democracy. Macron

in Emmanuel Macron and the two years that changed France