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To what extent does contemporary critical media theory illuminate the recent mass media coverage of the local government led mil
Journalism & Communication
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To what extent does contemporary critical media theory illuminate the recent mass media coverage of the local government led military action in Sri Lanka and media development post the war in Sri Lanka? Introduction Modern innovations in communication technologies have completely changed the scenario in conduction and resolution of warfare or civil conflict.
Advancement in communication technologies have worked towards changing the very connotation of power play in global politics, the strategies used in global politics for achieving objectives, and the type and number of players in the global political processes. Owing to the transformations brought in by the new age media, governments worldwide have been deprived of their monopolist control on dissemination of information, while individuals, activists and various other non-state actors have sprung into prominence within international relations, as regards conflict or warfare resolution. At present both state and non-state actor are looking towards using soft power that amalgamates diplomacy with soft power, and works towards changing the advantages of soft power into tangible activities (Nye, 2004, 4-5). In the contemporary form of media communication, the critical theory plays an important role in criticising the applied principles in any unfolding event (like the role played by the national government during a civil war), in order to judge the situation and bring about a positive change. ...
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