In view of the tumultuous, conflictual, and divisive global environment; Russia’s military attack on Ukraine; and anti-government uprisings in Iran and elsewhere, this timely book explores the crucial roles that media, war, religion, and politics play in impacting people and forming public opinion around the world.
Prominent and accomplished experts in media, communication, politics, journalism, international relations, global studies, and cultural studies around the globe come together to present a vital resource for all decision-makers at local, national, and international levels. Multicultural and multidisciplinary contributors methodically research, assess, write, and present their findings through a variety of content and discourse analysis.
This significant collaborative book provides a valuable and much-needed global discourse and analysis of our increasingly divided nations and world. In this eclectic and multidisciplinary volume, contributors focus on various issues including the rise of nationalism, militarism, fake news, climate crisis, media corporations, economic inequalities, inequality, refugee crisis, cultural representations, social media, human interactions, information warfare, propaganda, and emergence of a new world order.
Yahya R. Kamalipour is a professor of communications and former chair of the Department of Journalism and Mass Communication, North Carolina A&T State University. Profiled in the Contemporary Authors, he has published eighteen books, including the acclaimed Global Media Perceptions of the United States: The Trump Effect, Global Communication: A Multicultural Perspective (3rd edition), Global Discourse in Fractured Times, and Media, Power, and Politics in the Digital Age. He is founding director of the Global Media Journals network and founding president of the Global Communication Association.
John V. Pavlik is professor of journalism and media studies at Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey. His books include Disruption and Digital Journalism, Journalism in the Age of Virtual Reality, Converging Media, Media in the Digital Age, Journalism and New Media and The People’s Right to Know. He is co-developer of the Situated Documentary, a form of location-based storytelling using Augmented Reality and 360-degree video. He has served as a judge of the Emmy Awards for excellence in television news and documentaries for more than three decades.
Yahya R. Kamalipour, North Carolina A&T State University
John V. Pavlik, Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey
Part I. The Global Context
1. Contemporary Geopolitics, War, and Media: A Historical Context
Lee B. Artz, Purdue University Northwest
Part II. Political Ideologies
2. Revisiting the Clash of Civilizations’ Debate: What has Changed 30 Years Later?
Raymond Taras, Tulane University
Part III. Social Media and Politics
3. Censorship, Social Media Corporations, and their Connections with US Foreign Policy Think Tanks
David J. Park, Florida International University
4. The World Leaders on Social Media
Alexander Laskin, Quinnipiac University
Part IV. Media and Propaganda
5. Propaganda: Disinformation, Misinformation, Fake News, and Manipulation
Marina Vujnovic, Monmouth University, and Dean Kruckeberg, University of North Carolina Charlotte
Part V. Media and Conflicts
6. Russia, Ukraine, and the Court of Public Opinion
Richard Gershon, Western Michigan University
7. Reporting War and Conflict: Global South Versus Global North News Frames
Maha Bashri, United Arab Emirates University, Al Ain
Part VI. Women, Life, Freedom: The 2022 Uprisings in Iran
8. “Say Her Name, Mahsa Amini!” An Overview of The Woman, Life, Freedom Movement in Iran
Negin Hosseini Goodrich, Purdue University West Lafayette
Part VII. Media and Representation
9. Critical Analysis of Islam in the Western Press: An Islamophobic Perspective
Syed Abdul Siraj and Hina Nawaz, Bahria University, Pakistan
10. Image of Russia in American Media
Greydina Nadezhda, Diplomatic Academy of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation, Moscow, Russia
Part VIII. Climate Crisis
11. Local Crises, Global Catastrophes: Australian Media Responses to Permanent Crisis
Hart Cohen and Myra Gurney, Western Sydney University, and Antonio Castillo, RMIT University, Australia
12. Climate Change, Clean Energy, and the Purification of Society
Scott L. Montgomery, University of Washington, Seattle
Part IX. International Agreements and Treaties
13. NATO Resurgent: Will the Ukrainian Conflict Revitalize NATO for the Long-Term?
Richard Rupp, Purdue University Northwest
Part X. Global Information Warfare
14. Cyberspace and Information Warfare: The Threats to Democracy, Governance and National Security
Robin Maria Valeri, St. Bonaventure University, and Binneh Minteh, Salem State University
About the Editors
About the Contributors
Kamalipour and Pavlik's excellent collection reminds us how in our digital environment it is up to all of us to tell stories that connect, rather than divide—especially when our news media keep driving us apart.
One of the key challenges for communication research is to capture the intensely image-driven interconnected cultural environment that defines our modern existence. Communicating Global Crises revisits sophisticated theoretical frameworks and provides a roadmap for navigating profound global crises and helping create a harmonious environment for people and communities around the world.
We live in an era of existential global crises, ideological polarization, and cultural clashes. Central to understanding the current moment is the complex interplay among elites, publics, and a digital media environment that can be simultaneously informative and inflammatory, mobilizing and silencing, democratizing and authoritarian. Bringing together an impressive group of international scholars, Kamalipour and Pavlik’s Communicating Global Crises sheds significant light on this interplay and its potential for contributing to—or working against—a more just and inclusive future.
Communicating Global Crises combines valuable case studies of the role of the media in ongoing conflicts like Ukraine, Russia and Iran with more general assessments of infowars, mediated climate crises and other communicated conflicts. The editors must be applauded for assembling a real global team of authors that combine Western with non-Western academic perspectives in a most timely manner.