chapter  19
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THE CULTURE OF DISTANCE: Online reporting of the Iraq war

WithSTUART ALLAN

Writing in the London Review of Books at the time of the British military conflict with Argentina over the disputed sovereignty of the Falkland/Malvinas Islands, Raymond Williams (1982) sought to discern how this “unnecessary war,” to use his apt turn of phrase, was being reported. He argued that underlying the typical sorts of questions that arise when television news reports are examined, such as “issues of control and independence; of the quality of reporting; of access and balance in discussion,” was a deeper problematic. In order to describe it, he coined the phrase “the culture of distance.”