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The Dynamics of Mediatized Conflicts


Edited By Mikkel Fugl Eskjær, Stig Hjarvard and Mette Mortensen

This book engages with the mediatized dynamics of political, military and cultural conflicts. In today’s global and converging media environment, the interrelationship between media and conflict has been altered and intensified. No longer limited to the realms of journalism and political communication, various forms of new media have allowed other social actors to communicate and act through media networks. Thus, the media not only play an important role by reporting conflicts; they have also become co-constitutive of the ways conflicts develop and spread.
The first part of the book, Transnational Networks, addresses the opportunities and challenges posed by transnational media to actors seeking to engage in and manage conflicts through new media platforms. The second part, Mobilising the Personal: Crossing Public and Private Boundaries, concerns the ways in which media framings of conflicts often revolve around personal aspects of public figures. The third part, Military, War, and Media, engages with a classic theme of media studies – the power relationship between media, state, and military – but in light of the mediatized condition of modern warfare, in which the media have become an integrated part of military strategies.
The book develops new theoretical arguments and a series of empirical studies that are essential reading for students and scholars interested in the complex roles of media in contemporary conflicts.
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Chapter Three: Communicative Figurations of Financial Blogging: Deliberative and Moralising Modes of Crisis Communication During the Eurocrisis


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Communicative Figurations OF Financial Blogging

Deliberative and Moralising Modes of Crisis Communication During the Eurocrisis


It is typical for social crisis situations that people talk about crises … A historical situation becomes a crisis only on account of its being interpreted as a crisis by the actors in this situation. It follows that crises can only become the subject of social scientific analysis as in practice already interpreted facts. (Bohmann & Vobruba, 1992, p. 145)


Financial blogging can be understood as a practice of the Eurocrisis’s ‘communicative construction’ (Knoblauch, 2013). It represents a particular form of public discussion, contestation, and negotiation relating to the causes and conditions of the European crisis. As such, financial blogging offers an opportunity to consider how media partake in the communicative construction of the European crisis from a particular economic vantage point. However, outside financial blogging other types of media and media coverage—newspapers, television, online journals, and so on—are also relevant for the communicative construction of the Eurocrisis as a specific political conflict. In a certain sense, we can therefore understand the Eurocrisis as a mediatized conflict: ‘a conflict in which the media have a performative involvement and constitutive role’ (Cottle, 2006, p. 9). Through mediatized ← 71 | 72 → crisis communication, not least in financial blogging, the Eurocrisis became an important part of public discourse. Therefore, its construction...

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