The blogs of war: narrating the Afghanistan and Iraq wars

Gehrmann, Richard (2011) The blogs of war: narrating the Afghanistan and Iraq wars. In: 2010 Cultural Studies Association of Australasia National Conference: A Scholarly Affair (CSAA 2010), 7-9 Dec 2010, Byron Bay, Australia.

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The post 2001 'War(s) on Terror' have seen changes to the manner in which war is communicated, and this offers opportunities to those writing the social history of war. These events reflect the contemporary realities of war and communication. Borderlands of scholarship have opened and the community of those at/of war can now be more openly engaged and interrogated by the scholarly community. Past conflicts have been marked by the contest between official government representations of reality and the image presented by the mainstream media. This dual dominance is increasingly challenged by virtual individuals, a challenge that provides scholars fresh space to engage with a community that is too often excluded. Social media offers a remarkable degree of access for scholars to complement official reports and mainstream media accounts of war. This paper explores these areas of scholarly engagement and assesses the development of the new virtual community at war, with an examination of the 2010 case of Richard Strandlof and his fraudulent identity as wounded American war veteran Rick Duncan who was actively opposing war. New media has been used by community activist groups who detect and publicise such impersonations in both Australia and the United States, and in a more prosaic manner by soldiers and their families who just want their voices to be heard.

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Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Commonwealth Reporting Category E) (Paper)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
Additional Information: Copyright Statement: Articles first published in the Proceedings may subsequently be published elsewhere by authors, provided the next version acknowledges this original publication.
Faculty / Department / School: Historic - Faculty of Arts - School of Humanities and Communication
Date Deposited: 26 Apr 2012 10:27
Last Modified: 19 May 2017 05:43
Uncontrolled Keywords: war and memory; history; social media; fraudulent veterans; military blogs; War on terror; Afghanistan war; Iraq war
Fields of Research : 16 Studies in Human Society > 1606 Political Science > 160607 International Relations
21 History and Archaeology > 2103 Historical Studies > 210303 Australian History (excl. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander History)
08 Information and Computing Sciences > 0805 Distributed Computing > 080505 Web Technologies (excl. Web Search)
Socio-Economic Objective: C Society > 95 Cultural Understanding > 9505 Understanding Past Societies > 950599 Understanding Past Societies not elsewhere classified
A Defence > 81 Defence > 8101 Defence > 810199 Defence not elsewhere classified
C Society > 95 Cultural Understanding > 9505 Understanding Past Societies > 950503 Understanding Australia's Past

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