‘The first casualty of war is truth’ With specific references to the Iraq War and its aftermath, analyse how this phrase relates to the media coverage of this ongoing conflict, especially the cultural and political de-contextualization by the media.

‘The first casualty of war is truth’

With specific references to the Iraq War and its aftermath, analyse how this phrase relates to the media coverage of this ongoing conflict, especially the cultural and political de-contextualization by the media. Finally, and importantly, explain in what way your understanding of the role of the media has changed by your study of the topic.

 

In dealing with this topic you need to:

 

Watch the following documentary ‘Enemy Image’

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3VCWA2XNZgc

 

1) Read carefully and utilise in your answer specifically from week 11, the required readings, lectures and workshop discussions. At least one reference from the Lecture slides (week 11 or other relevant lectures) is required in your answer. All readings for the unit are relevant and you can/should use any of these to further your critical analysis.

In answering your question you need to:

 Discuss the role and function of media, especially the right of the citizens to be informed and media reporting the truth, as these relate to the media’s coverage of the Iraq war.

 Utilise various analyses and examples given in the visual material, without giving descriptive summaries, to explain the issues relating to the cultural and political de-contextualization of war by the media.

 Conclude your answer to the question by addressing the wider implications of the media’s reporting of war.

 

Please use the material provided in your Book of Readings and the references from your unit guide. (References from the Unit Guide are more accurate than those from Book of Readings). There is no need for you to go looking for unevaluated internet material and websites.

 

Word Length: 500 minimum 550 absolute maximum (references are not included in the word count)

Mark value: 20%

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