Politics, media and war: 9/11 and its aftermaths
Politics, media and war: 9/11 and its aftermaths

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8.5 Conclusion (Media)

Over the past three sections we have considered interactions between the media, politicians and the public in the post-9/11 environment, especially in the UK and US. We have seen how the media have been central to the strategies of ‘terrorists’, governments and anti-war protesters; discussed different perspectives on the possibility of critical independent journalism and the influence of government and big business on how news gets presented; and examined some specific studies of how audiences make sense of an increasingly diverse but also commercially oriented media, including US TV audiences in the wake of the US invasion of Iraq, and multicultural UK news audiences. Next section we return to a more political-science oriented approach, examining the domestic impacts of 9/11 in terms of civil liberties and the impacts on particular groups, including British Muslims.

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