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Abstract

Nothing defines a civilization more than how it conducts itself in war, which, to paraphrase von Clausewitz (1833), is the continuation of diplomacy by other means. Why men turn to arms to settle disputes and resolve threats is a matter for international relations experts, but how information about war is disseminated and how audiences are affected fall under the purview of media experts and academicians. This special section of the Journal of Computer-Mediated Communication examines the introduction of networked communication technologies and the effects of the digital world, and how the Internet has been utilized to cover international conflicts, primarily, the 2003 Iraq War. The seven articles included in this special section represent the efforts of scholars from different research traditions, orientations, and cultural backgrounds. The common thread running through this tapestry of research interests and methodologies is the desire to understand the dynamics, structures, and effects of global digital war coverage.