Group AB – 29.1.2019 (Sebastian, Kayoko, Ares, Greta and Kistina)

First meeting as a group of the new combined group A & B. We began the meeting discussing the wars and conflicts that we had researched in preparation for the meeting and informing the other members of our group about what was discussed in the previous group meetings:

  • previous group A – social movements and the documentation in mass media
  • previous group B – conflicts & wars and the way they are documented

We realised that our ideas were not strikingly different and could be combined as we were all looking at representations by the media as a form of documentation.

Case studies discussed:

  • End of World War II and Hiroshima – discussions of the conflict in Japan and the US; particularly on how the governments and subsequently the media have interpreted it
  • Vietnam War and insurgency of social movements – how the war was perceived by the public
  • the first Gulf War – development of new Islamist movements
  • Tom Sachs “Swiss Passport Office” and the immigrant crisis – notions of “legality” of citizenship as a result of opposing geopolitical relations

Forming a Research Question:

  • looking at the documentation of conflict – ones listed above
  • Media Theory
    • “the medium is the message” Marshall McLuhan
    • the idea that in the transmission of information the technology in which it is transmitted is more important than the content
    • technology and the way that information is spread affects how it is received and people’s perception
  • relating to the above, looking at 3 conflicts: Hiroshima WWII, Vietnam War and the first Gulf War
    • looking at the differing media documentation of it as affected by technological advancements; from newspapers and radio to 24-hour news and social media
    • how they can they influence hypotheses of conflict by media representations and documentation of conflict

Research question brainstorming:

  • “How does the state’s participation in conflict impact it’s documentation?”
  • “How has the documentation of these conflicts in the US differ from documentation in conflicting state’s?”
    • this idea that “when America goes to war, the media does too” – the starting point of looking at the way documentation of war and conflict by media affect perceptions of war

We have not yet come up with a research question but are thinking of ways to narrow down these ideas as a starting point in formulating a research question.

We plan to do more research on Media Theory to help us in narrowing down research questions and from there making a research plan to help us structure our presentation.

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