The triumph of image over reality and reason is the theme of this book. New communication technologies have made possible the transportation of images and words in real time to hundreds of millions of people around the world. We thought we witnessed the Gulf War as we sat, mesmerized by the imagery. But the studies from the many countries assembled
Part 1 Image and reality: a third world war - a political economy of the Persian Gulf War and the new world order, Andre Gunder Frank; manipulating hearts and minds, H.I. Schiller; roots of war - the long road of intervention, H. Mowlana; the media and the war - what war?, Naom Chomsky. Part 2 Many nations, one image: the new world odour - the Indian experience, P. Sainath; the state, the Malaysian press, and the war in West Asia, Zaharom Nainn; Japanese position in the war and regional issues, Masanori Naito; Japanese media and the war (interview), Tetsuo Kogawa; the war close to home - the Turkish media, Haluk Sahin; the Iranian press and the Persian Gulf War - the impact of western news agencies, Kazem Motamed Nejad, et al; western media - guilty until proved innocent Khawia Mattar; war reporting - collateral damage in the European theatre, Farrel Corcoran; ruling by pooling, Stig A. Nohrstedt; innovations of moral policy, Heikki Luostarinen; truth - the first victim of war?, Rune Ottoslen; public opinion and media war coverage in Britain, Professor Martin Shaw and Roy Carr-Hill; a Soviet snapshot, Eugeni Mikitenko; coverage of the war by the Spanish and Catalonian media, Hector Borrat; the war as Telenovela, Omar Souki Oliveira; a sampling of editorial responses from the Middle East press on the Persian Gulf crisis, H. Mowlana, et al. Part 3 Coming back to reality: twisting the UN charter to US ends, Richard A. Falk; CNN - elites talking to elites, Richard C. Vincent; exterminating angels - morality, violence and technology in the Gulf War, Asu Aksoy and Kevin Robins; back to the future, Kamel S. Abu Jaber; more viewing, less knowledge, Michael Morgan, et al; joysticks, manhood and George Bush's horse, Rami G. Khouri; clusters of reality bombed into bold relief, Erskine B. Childers; dangers of the cultural invasion?, Mostafa Mahmoud; Persian Gulf War - the movie, George Gerbner.