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Citizens' Media against Armed ConflictDisrupting Violence in Colombia$
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Clemencia Rodríguez

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780816665839

Published to Minnesota Scholarship Online: August 2015

DOI: 10.5749/minnesota/9780816665839.001.0001

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The Doing Is Everything!

The Doing Is Everything!

Toward a Theory of Citizens’ Media in Contexts of War

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Citizens' Media against Armed Conflict

Clemencia Rodríguez

University of Minnesota Press

This chapter develops a theory of citizens’ media in contexts of armed conflict based on the evidence and analyses of the previous chapters. It presents a dialogue with two very different bodies of research and theory. First, it draws from anthropological studies of war to understand how unarmed civilians under siege experience armed conflict by armed groups. Second, it draws from theories of communication as performance to suggest that efficacious citizens’ media in war zones are those that help trigger lived experiences alternative to terror, isolation, and fear. It argues that citizens’ media that regard communication as performance, rather than as information dissemination or persuasion, are better positioned to disrupt violence in contexts where unarmed civilians are cornered by war.

Keywords:   citizens’ media, armed conflict, war, performance, information dissemination, unarmed civilians

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