Dr. Bernardi contributes to 'Rumor and Communication in Asia in the Internet Age'
Dr. Daniel Bernardi recently published an article titled "Triangle of Death: Strategic Communication, Counterinsurgency Operations, and the Rumor Mill" in Rumor and Communication in Asia in the Internet Age, an edited volume on rumors, largely within the context of 'strategic communication.' The book features case studies from Indonesia, Iran, India, Iraq, and Singapore.
From the publisher: New communication technology has transformed the way in which news about key events is communicated. For example, in the immediate aftermath of catastrophic events such as the Mumbai attacks or the Japanese tsunami, partial accounts, accurate and inaccurate facts, rumour and speculation are now very rapidly disseminated across the globe, often ahead of official announcements and formal news reporting. Often in such situations rumours take hold, and continue to characterise events even after a more complete, more accurate picture eventually emerges. This book explores how such rumors are created, disseminated and absorbed in the age of the internet and mobile communications. It includes a wide range of examples and, besides considering the overall processes involved, engages with scholarly debates in the field of media and communication studies.