Communication is war by other means: Towards a war-centric communication theory for the 21st century

The September 11 (2001) Jihadists attack on the West and the subsequent wars on terrorism indicate that war may be a permanent condition of life in the contemporary world. This implies that to understand contemporary society, culture and communication, requires an understanding of war because war co...

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Published in: Communicatio Vol. 40; no. 2; pp. 155 - 171
Main Author: Sonderling, Stefan
Format: Journal Article
Language: English
Afrikaans
Published: South Africa Routledge 04-03-2014
Routledge, Taylor & Francis Group
Taylor & Francis Ltd
Subjects:
War
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Summary: The September 11 (2001) Jihadists attack on the West and the subsequent wars on terrorism indicate that war may be a permanent condition of life in the contemporary world. This implies that to understand contemporary society, culture and communication, requires an understanding of war because war could provide a perspective through which to understand the contemporary world. This article critically explores the link between war and communication, traces the contours of a Western tradition of philosophical thought that considers war to be an integral and formative aspect of human identity, and proposes a war-centric perspective as foundation for a communication theory for the postmodern world.
ISSN: 0250-0167
1753-5379
DOI: 10.1080/02500167.2014.918900