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Media impact on diplomatic practice: An evolutionary model of change

Archetti, Cristina 2010, Media impact on diplomatic practice: An evolutionary model of change , in: American Political Science Association (APSA) Annual Convention, 2-5 September, Washington, DC. (Unpublished)

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    Abstract

    Based on a range of interviews with foreign diplomats in London, the paper explains the considerable variation in the way communication technologies both affect diplomatic practices and are appropriated by diplomats to pursue the respective countries’ information gathering and outreach objectives. The study shows that London, as an information environment, is experienced differently by each of the diplomats and embassy actors. The analysis elaborates an explanatory model of the “communication behaviour” of foreign diplomats in London based on an evolutionary analogy: foreign diplomats in the context of the British capital, within their respective embassy organizations, can each be compared to the members of a species attempting to survive in a natural environment. The nuances highlighted by the model challenge the largely homogeneous and generalized nature of current debates about media and diplomacy, as well as public diplomacy.

    Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
    Uncontrolled Keywords: Internet, New Media, Government, Diplomat, Diplomacy, News, Journalism, Twitter, Facebook, Evolution, Model, Interviews
    Themes: Subjects / Themes > J Political Science > JZ International relations
    Subjects outside of the University Themes
    Schools: Colleges and Schools > College of Arts & Social Sciences > School of Arts & Media > Communication, Cultural & Media Studies Research Centre
    Colleges and Schools > College of Arts & Social Sciences
    Colleges and Schools > College of Arts & Social Sciences > School of Humanities, Languages & Social Sciences
    Refereed: No
    Depositing User: C Archetti
    Date Deposited: 06 Dec 2010 12:06
    Last Modified: 20 Aug 2013 17:42
    URI: http://usir.salford.ac.uk/id/eprint/12444

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