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The impact of new media on diplomatic practice: an evolutionary model of change

Archetti, C 2012, 'The impact of new media on diplomatic practice: an evolutionary model of change' , The Hague Journal of Diplomacy, 7 (2) . (In Press)

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Abstract

Based on a range of interviews with foreign diplomats in London, the article 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 a 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 explanatory model challenge the largely homogeneous and generalized nature of current debates about media and diplomacy, as well as public diplomacy.

Item Type: Article
Themes: Media, Digital Technology and the Creative Economy
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 > School of Humanities, Languages & Social Sciences > Centre for Democracy and Human Rights
Journal or Publication Title: The Hague Journal of Diplomacy
Publisher: Brill Academic Publishers
Refereed: Yes
ISSN: 1871-1901
Depositing User: C Archetti
Date Deposited: 02 Nov 2011 10:27
Last Modified: 18 Aug 2014 13:14
URI: http://usir.salford.ac.uk/id/eprint/18812

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