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New media and the war in Afghanistan: The significance of blogging for the Swedish strategic narrative
Swedish National Defence College, Department of Security, Strategy and Leadership (ISSL), Political Science Section.
Swedish National Defence College, Department of Security, Strategy and Leadership (ISSL), Political Science Section.
2015 (English)In: New Media and Society, ISSN 1461-4448, E-ISSN 1461-7315, Vol. 17, no 1, 6-23 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

The new media situation gives fuel to increased competition between narratives. In the sphere of security this poses challenges to government strategic narratives. Scholars, drawing on findings from the Anglo-Saxon sphere, suggest that the new media activism gives rise to counter-hegemonic narratives that thrive on and through social media sites. We argue that the emergence of counter-narratives in the sphere of security depends upon a few key dynamics that might vary with political context such  as political culture, the size of the blogosphere, the debate in mainstream media and socialization processes within the military   organization. Our case study of Swedish blogging about Sweden’s military contribution to the International Security Assistance   Force mission in Afghanistan suggests that blogs are mainly used to sustain – and not to challenge – the governmental narrative. This invites us to question the significance of new media platforms as counter-hegemonic forces in communities beyond the Anglo-Saxon sphere.

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2015. Vol. 17, no 1, 6-23 p.
Keyword [en]
Afghanistan, blogs, counter-hegemonic narratives, International Security Assistance Force, social media, strategic narrative
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Social Sciences Political Science
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Statsvetenskap med inriktning mot strategi och säkerhetspolitik
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URN: urn:nbn:se:fhs:diva-4171DOI: 10.1177/1461444813504268ISI: 000347979500002OAI: oai:DiVA.org:fhs-4171DiVA: diva2:651487
Available from: 2013-09-26 Created: 2013-09-26 Last updated: 2015-11-03Bibliographically approved

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