Our world is saturated with news. The reach and speed of news means that a massacre in Homs today is old news tomorrow.
After the attacks of September 11, then President George W. Bush said in an address to a joint session of Congress:
“On September the 11th, enemies of freedom committed an act of war against our country.”
This was the beginning of ‘The War on Terror’, a war now deeply embedded in US culture, global values, history and politics. Bush continued:
“Night fell on a different world, a world where freedom itself is under attack.”
“This was not an act of terrorism, but it was an act of war.”
The event began a radical shift in how the media represents wars, terrorism, and the enemies of the Western world. New laws, new technology, and new methods have changed the reporting landscape.
An act of war is a blog that looks at terrorism and Australian national security news, and reflects on how this news is represented in the press. With a focus particularly on Australian affairs, this blog aims to expose the strengths and weaknesses of modern reporting of terrorism and national security issues.
An act of war is part of a University of Wollongong Journalism project to follow the way news is covered within particular beats.