Kosovo war, which amounted to nothing more
than a video-sequence, a computer game, a PR campaign, or at the very least
a military parade, to be consumed by a (mainly) Western audience. On the other hand, the ‘new’ discourse of
European security that reveals itself through numerous mediarepresentations
is in fact a traditional discourse of power akin to the Christian white
man’s discourse that has guided Western colonisation for the last 500
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to detach mediarepresentations from external reality and create instead
a system of self-referential commodified signs.
Yet, the media are powerful in structuring political
actions. Among politicians and analysts alike, there is a sense of the
increased importance of real-time television in particular. Also, in
Boutros-Ghali’s story, the media appear constantly to have been
setting the stage for
red and blue that could bring
Chinese goods to European and North American markets in the rapidly
These broader representations of the Arctic are well analysed in the
literature, with key sources of empirics coming from photography, film,
mapping, and broad policy narratives and mediarepresentations (Powell
and Dodds, 2014; Steinberg et al, 2015). While the broad strokes of how
the region can be framed and is represented have been well examined, we
still need to know more about how these frames are brought to bear on
the political practice of