Anti-War Activism: New Media and Protest in the Information by By (author) Jenny Pickerill, By (author) Frank Webster By

By By (author) Jenny Pickerill, By (author) Frank Webster By (author) Kevin Gillan

The first educational account of the twenty first century anti-war and peace stream. Empirically wealthy and conceptually cutting edge, Anti-War Activism will pay in particular shut recognition to the replaced details setting of protest, the complicated alliances of activists, the range of members, in addition to campaigners' use of latest (and outdated) media.

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This mediation of war stands in contrast to the days of mass mobilization of conscripts that pertained in the era of Industrial War when huge numbers of men were compelled to experience war directly as fighting forces and, after eventual demobilization, would be able to narrate their experiences to family, friends and former comrades, making such recollections and reminiscences important sources of knowledge for much of the public. This might be compelling and deeply felt, though of necessity it tended towards particulars of location and service.

Here, for instance, is an extract from the 4 October 2006 Newsletter of the StWC commenting on a demonstration it had organized that was held in Manchester at the Labour Party annual national conference. com/ 28 Anti-War Activism gklmw, if you can stomach it), they gave hardly any coverage to the event which brought up to 50,000 protestors from across Britain to Manchester on the eve of the Labour conference, calling for an end to the Bush/Blair wars and opposing the replacement of Trident nuclear weapons, the cost of which is now predicted to be £75 billion.

Had Osama Bin Laden and his fellow conspirators been defined from the outset as murderous criminals, to be pursued unrelentingly that they be brought to justice, then it is probable that there would have been less apprehension and anxiety around the world. Declarations of war inflated the terrorists and raised the spectre of American military might being used disproportionately. This brings us to the second problem with declaring a ‘War on Terror’: war is hard to wage against opponents who reside and operate outside of states.

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