By By (author) Jenny Pickerill, By (author) Frank Webster By (author) Kevin Gillan
The first educational account of the twenty first century anti-war and peace flow. Empirically wealthy and conceptually leading edge, Anti-War Activism can pay particularly shut consciousness to the replaced details surroundings of protest, the complicated alliances of activists, the variety of members, in addition to campaigners' use of latest (and previous) media.
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For one thing, the mainstream media has to be engaged with since that is what most people observe. For another, the anti-war movement lacks the newsgathering resources of media institutions, so perforce it must use these to glean much information. It is rather that opportunities to complement established media are being sought in changing circumstances. Accordingly, efforts to gain favourable coverage and get access for their movement are made alongside the construction of alternative information outlets.
A stark reminder of what is entailed here, should one be required, was revelations from the trial of the Al Qaeda member Dhgren Barot in November 2006. Sentenced in London to 40 years’ imprisonment for his part in an Al Qaeda conspiracy, it was revealed that Barot plotted to flood the London underground rail network by exploding a train under the river Thames, a plan, if successful, that could drown thousands of travellers. A further reminder was the warning delivered around the same time at Queen Mary College, University of London, from the outgoing head of MI5, Dame Eliza Manningham-Buller, that there were currently at least 30 active service units of Al Qaeda Post 9/11 9 threatening the United Kingdom.
Few of us directly experience a terrorist bomb, but enormous audiences watched the unravelling of the 9/11 attacks and the hectic urgency that accompanied the 7/7 suicide attacks on the London transport system. It will readily be appreciated that sense of proportion may soon be lost in an era of round-the-clock reportage, of pervasive media and the compelling importance of the here and now. History and perspective easily fall away as news media focus on the latest explosive occurrence that commands attention.
Anti-War Activism: New Media and Protest in the Information Age by By (author) Jenny Pickerill, By (author) Frank Webster By (author) Kevin Gillan