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Rumor and Communication in Asia in the Internet Age

1st Edition

Edited by Greg Dalziel


224 pages | 4 B/W Illus.

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New communication technology has transformed the way in which news about key events is communicated. For example, in the immediate aftermath of catastrophic events such as the Mumbai attacks or the Japanese tsunami, partial accounts, accurate and inaccurate facts, rumour and speculation are now very rapidly disseminated across the globe, often ahead of official announcements and formal news reporting. Often in such situations rumours take hold, and continue to characterise events even after a more complete, more accurate picture eventually emerges. This book explores how such rumours are created, disseminated and absorbed in the age of the internet and mobile communications. It includes a wide range of examples and, besides considering the overall processes involved, engages with scholarly debates in the field of media and communication studies.

Table of Contents

Introduction Greg Dalziel1. Rumour, Gossip, and Conspiracy Theories: Pathologies of Testimony and the Principle of Publicity Axel Gelfert 2. Have You Heard? The Rumour as Reliable Matthew Dentith 3. Triangle of Death: Strategic Communication, Counterinsurgency, and the Rumor Mill Daniel Bernardi and Scott Ruston 4. The Politics of Informal Communication: Conspiracy Theories and Rumors in the 2009 (Post-) Electoral Iranian Public Sphere Babak Rahimi 5. Rumors, Religion and Political Mobilization: Indonesian Cases, 1965-1998 Mark Woodward 6. Rumors of Terrorism: Social Cognitive Structures, Collective Sensemaking, and the Emergence of Rumor Greg Dalziel 7. Rumor, Culture and Strategic Communication across Old and New Media in Southeast Asia: The Case of Terrorist Noordin Top Chris Lundry and Pauline Hope Cheong 8. Anxiety and Rumor: Exploratory Analysis of Twitter Posts during the Mumbai Terrorist Attack Onook Oh, Manish Agrawal and H. Raghav Rao 9. Rumor – The Evil Twin of Strategic Communication: What "White" Propaganda Can Learn From "Grey" Anthony Olcott Conclusion Greg Dalziel

About the Editor

Greg Dalziel is a Research Associate at the Global Security Research Institute in Tokyo, whilst also completing his doctoral studies at the Graduate School of Media and Governance at Keio University, Japan.

About the Series

Media, Culture and Social Change in Asia

The aim of this series is to publish original, high-quality work by both new and established scholars in the West and the East, on all aspects of media, culture and social change in Asia. New proposals are welcome, and should be sent in the first instance to the series editor, Stephanie Donald, at

Editorial Board:

Gregory N. Evon, University of New South Wales
Devleena Ghosh, University of Technology, Sydney
Michael Keane, Curtin University
Tania Lewis, RMIT University, Melbourne
Vera Mackie, University of Wollongong
Kama Maclean, University of New South Wales

Laikwan Pang, Chinese University of Hong Kong
Gary Rawnsley, Aberystwyth University
Ming-yeh Rawnsley, School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London
Jo Tacchi, Loughborough University
Adrian Vickers, University of Sydney
Jing Wang, MIT
Ying Zhu, Hong Kong Baptist University



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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Ethnic Studies / General