International Information War: Reality or Irreality?

Monday, 11 July 2016: 10:00
Location: Hörsaal 23 (Main Building)
Oral Presentation
Natalia EROKHOVA, St.Tikhon's Orthodox University, Russia
The mediation of political life in contemporary societies creates a new reality that exists by its own laws. It is extremely noticeable in situations of war or armed conflicts.

After the Persian Gulf Crisis (1990-1991) all the world scientific society was discussing the appearance of a new era of information technologies and a new era of international conflicts. These "online bombing" broadcasted by CNN were shocking but effective. What is going on now? Mass communication through the Internet play an every-second increasing role in the contemporary world. It seems that Samuel P. Huntington was right saying that "world is thus a well-developed international system but at best only a very primitive international society" (1996:54).

Is it true or not? Could we just talk about the truth in this context? What the reality (or irreality) of the events we've got? How to understand news? In this paper we would like to discuss modern communications theories through the contemporary system of international relations, especially in situations of war and armed conflict.