Remediating jihad for Western news audiences: the renewal of gatekeeping?

Hoskins, A. and O'Loughlin, B. (2011) Remediating jihad for Western news audiences: the renewal of gatekeeping? Journalism: Theory, Practice and Criticism, 12(2), pp. 199-216. (doi:10.1177/1464884910388592)

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Abstract

Digitization creates an ontological challenge to broadcast-era metaphors (gate, channel, flow), not least to understandings of who news gatekeepers are, where gates lie, the presumed audience, community or culture gatekeeping is done for, and what it means to gatekeep. Analysing how jihadist speeches by bin Laden, Al-Zawahiri and others are translated and remediated from their original websites, languages and contexts by various intermediaries and by western mainstream news, including the BBC, illuminates an apparently simple, settled gatekeeping model that produces systematic patterns of translation, selection and omission. Western news creates an obstacle to understanding why such texts may be appealing to some audiences by ignoring intermediaries such as terrorism-monitoring sites, Arabic media, and jihadist websites’ own self-monitoring services, delimiting a ‘mainstream’ understanding. A focus on multilingual, multiplatform gatekeeping demonstrates how loci and forms of power and authority are changing in the ‘connective turn’, to which media practitioners and scholars must adapt

Item Type:Articles
Additional Information:Pdf link - http://jou.sagepub.com/content/12/2/199.full.pdf+html
Status:Published
Refereed:Yes
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Hoskins, Professor Andrew
Authors: Hoskins, A., and O'Loughlin, B.
College/School:College of Social Sciences
Journal Name:Journalism: Theory, Practice and Criticism
Publisher:Sage Publications Ltd.
ISSN:1464-8849
ISSN (Online):1741-3001

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