By Simon Cottle

Information media are extra refined this day than ever sooner than, whereas tradition and politics have reached heights of chaos by no means sooner than noticeable. How do media retailers decide upon what to file, and what are the affects in their offerings? Mediatized clash sheds much-needed mild at the topic. a professional at the topic culls jointly the most recent study and theories to check how the media at the present time have changed socalled aim reporting with actively "enacting" and "performing" assurance of battle and clash.

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Wolfsfeld’s own studies, however, tend to rely for the most part on quantitative forms of content analysis and are confined to press reporting. As such they have not made use of available textual and visual methodologies. Significant silences also pertain in respect of empirical engagement with audiences and readers and how they make sense of the messages and meanings circulated by the media. Arguably, a deeper engagement with contemporary positions of cultural theory, and not just in terms of how media texts and representations ‘mean’ or signify, but also how they can become resources for identity formation, is also required.

Here the media are contextualized in 21 22 | • • • • MEDIATIZED CONFLIC T relation to the wider political context: (a) the media are more inclined to react to events happening elsewhere than to initiate them; (b) political antagonists will seek to use the media depending on how their political goals and the political context of their struggles change through time; and (c) political decisions can have a major influence on the ownership and control of the media. Avoiding media centrism and economic reductionism, Wolfsfeld’s schema accents the political within media contests while incorporating a strong sense of the unequal state of power that conditions them across time.

Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. Wolfsfeld, G. (2003) ‘The Political Contest Model’, in S. ) News, Public Relations and Power. London: Sage. 3 REPORTING DEMONSTRATIONS AND PROTEST: PUBLIC SPHERE(S), PUBLIC SCREENS This first substantive case study of mediatized conflicts focuses on demonstrations and public protest. Historically these are means by which citizens can register their collective disagreement and dissent, build public support and legitimacy for their aims, and influence governments, policy formation and even societal change.

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