The media and international relations
Place of Publication
Oxfordshire, United Kingdom
School of Arts and Humanities
This chapter explores the complex and often debated relationship between the media and international relations. It examines arguments that the media has a deep and significant impact on how governments shape their foreign policy and how individuals and groups of people are also influenced to respond in certain ways to issues presented in the media. There is no doubt that the media plays some role in international relations but the exact nature of this role is often debated. Is the media's role to negotiate the relationship between the major actors in international affairs? Or does the media play a more significant role as an international actor in its own right with the ability to influence and shape foreign policy and responses to international events and issues?