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Simons, G. (2018). Brand ISIS: Interactions of the Tangible and Intangible Environments. Journal of Political Marketing
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Brand ISIS: Interactions of the Tangible and Intangible Environments
2018 (English)In: Journal of Political Marketing, ISSN 1537-7857, E-ISSN 1537-7865Article in journal (Refereed) Epub ahead of print
Abstract [en]

This article investigates how the infamous terrorist organization Islamic State (ISIS) uses branding and political marketing as means to increase their intangible value and assets in order to influence their tangible (operational) capacities. In order to investigate the logic of a terrorist organization as a political actor a perspective of political communication is applied as a means to understand more clearly the propaganda of the word and the propaganda of the deed. A systematic communication approach is used to raise awareness of the ISIS brand in order to differentiate the organization and to create a greater sense of credibility and authenticity in an increasingly crowded marketplace of terrorist organizations seeking for attention, support, and fear. Aspects of political marketing are used in order to create sets of relationships of attraction and avoidance with different target audiences. The 15 issues of the magazine Dabiq are examined and analyzed within this approach. However, intangible communication and tangible realities do affect each other. This is evident when there is a swing from military victories to military defeats, which impacts on the quality and quantity of communicational materials produced by ISIS.

Keywords
branding, Islamic state, political marketing, propaganda, terrorism and political relationships
National Category
Communication Studies
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-362057 (URN)10.1080/15377857.2018.1501928 (DOI)
Available from: 2018-09-29 Created: 2018-09-29 Last updated: 2018-10-01Bibliographically approved
Simons, G. (2018). Fake News:: As the Problem or a Symptom of a Deeper Problem?. Образ
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Fake News:: As the Problem or a Symptom of a Deeper Problem?
2018 (English)In: ОбразArticle in journal (Other academic) Published
National Category
Social Sciences
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-341503 (URN)
Available from: 2018-02-09 Created: 2018-02-09 Last updated: 2018-02-13Bibliographically approved
Simons, G. (2018). Fake News: Can There be a Positive Side?. In: Labarre, F. & Niculescu, G. (Ed.), Between Fact and Fakery: Information and Instability in the South Caucasus and Beyond (pp. 143-166). Austrian Ministry of Defence
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Fake News: Can There be a Positive Side?
2018 (English)In: Between Fact and Fakery: Information and Instability in the South Caucasus and Beyond / [ed] Labarre, F. & Niculescu, G., Austrian Ministry of Defence , 2018, p. 143-166Chapter in book (Other academic)
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Austrian Ministry of Defence, 2018
National Category
Media Studies Political Science (excluding Public Administration Studies and Globalisation Studies)
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-349796 (URN)9783903121331 (ISBN)
Available from: 2018-04-29 Created: 2018-04-29 Last updated: 2018-05-04Bibliographically approved
Simons, G. (2018). Media and public diplomacy. In: Andrei P. Tsygankov (Ed.), Routledge Handbook of Russian Foreign Policy: . New York: Routledge
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Media and public diplomacy
2018 (English)In: Routledge Handbook of Russian Foreign Policy / [ed] Andrei P. Tsygankov, New York: Routledge, 2018Chapter in book (Refereed)
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
New York: Routledge, 2018
National Category
Social Sciences Media and Communications
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-337979 (URN)978-1-138-69044-8 (ISBN)
Available from: 2018-01-06 Created: 2018-01-06 Last updated: 2018-01-25Bibliographically approved
Simons, G. (2018). Review of: World of Media: Journal of Russian Media and Journalism Studies [Review]. Russian Journal of Communication, 10(1), 106-109
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Review of: World of Media: Journal of Russian Media and Journalism Studies
2018 (English)In: Russian Journal of Communication, ISSN 1940-9419, E-ISSN 1940-9427, Vol. 10, no 1, p. 106-109Article, book review (Other academic) Published
National Category
Media Studies
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-345950 (URN)10.1080/19409419.2018.1425962 (DOI)
Available from: 2018-03-13 Created: 2018-03-13 Last updated: 2018-03-14Bibliographically approved
Simons, G. (2018). Shaping of Cold War 2.0: The Role of Information and Identity. Small Wars Journal
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Shaping of Cold War 2.0: The Role of Information and Identity
2018 (English)In: Small Wars JournalArticle in journal (Other (popular science, discussion, etc.)) Published
National Category
Political Science
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-339420 (URN)
Available from: 2018-01-18 Created: 2018-01-18 Last updated: 2018-01-24Bibliographically approved
Simons, G. (2018). The Role of Russian NGOs in New Public Diplomacy. Journal of Political Marketing, 17(2), 137-160
Open this publication in new window or tab >>The Role of Russian NGOs in New Public Diplomacy
2018 (English)In: Journal of Political Marketing, ISSN 1537-7857, E-ISSN 1537-7865, Vol. 17, no 2, p. 137-160Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

The manner in which public diplomacy is being practiced isconstantly evolving, new means are being developed to create politicalrelationships between states and international publics. Countriesare competing globally for the hearts and minds of internationalpublics in their quest for gaining and accumulating soft power. Thisquest is driven by the assumption that soft power gives countries thatpossess it advantages, such as a freer hand in foreign policy orattracting foreign investment. Russia is one of those countries thatis competing in the global arena, and have been developing theirtools of new public diplomacy. One of these tools is the creationand the use of NGOs, which are directed at creating an informationenvironment where Russian policy better placed to be realized.

National Category
Political Science (excluding Public Administration Studies and Globalisation Studies)
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-347683 (URN)10.1080/15377857.2018.1447755 (DOI)000437527300003 ()
Available from: 2018-04-05 Created: 2018-04-05 Last updated: 2018-09-26Bibliographically approved
Sumskaya, A. & Simons, G. (2018). концепция «моральной паники» в современной медиареальности россии и запада: опыт восприятия с позициикоммуникативно-культурной памяти. Znak, 184-196
Open this publication in new window or tab >>концепция «моральной паники» в современной медиареальности россии и запада: опыт восприятия с позициикоммуникативно-культурной памяти
2018 (Russian)In: Znak, ISSN 2070-0695, p. 184-196Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

The media audience builds relationships with the outside world, focusing on content, which, in fact,is an interpretation of reality. Media reality is constructed as a result of the selection of facts, the modelingof meanings and forms of information delivery. The concept of “moral panic” is increasingly usedby the media to model the political agenda of Russia and the West. Based on the analysis of 80 mediamaterials (40 Russian and foreign), the application of the concept in the formation of an actual politicalmedia reality is explored. The results of the work testify to the active implementation at the present timeof the concept of “moral panic” both in Russia and in the West. This can be identified by the collectivememory of the peoples of the countries surveyed as a new level of dissociation in the post-Soviet period,while political influence groups use constructed fears to distract the attention of the population fromunfavorable socio-economic conditions and to make unpopular management decisions.

National Category
Media and Communications
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-362069 (URN)
Available from: 2018-09-30 Created: 2018-09-30 Last updated: 2018-10-18Bibliographically approved
Simons, G. (2017). book review of Carnage and Connectivity: Landmarks in the Decline of Conventional Military Power by David Betz [Review]. Technology and culture, 58(1), 290-291
Open this publication in new window or tab >>book review of Carnage and Connectivity: Landmarks in the Decline of Conventional Military Power by David Betz
2017 (English)In: Technology and culture, ISSN 0040-165X, E-ISSN 1097-3729, Vol. 58, no 1, p. 290-291Article, book review (Other academic) Published
National Category
Social Sciences
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-312873 (URN)000393728100027 ()
Available from: 2017-01-13 Created: 2017-01-13 Last updated: 2017-04-25Bibliographically approved
Simons, G. (2017). ‘Good’ Battles and ‘Bad’ Battles: A Comparative Analysis of Western Media Coverage of the Battles of Mosul and Aleppo. Tractus Aevorum, 3(2), 114-138
Open this publication in new window or tab >>‘Good’ Battles and ‘Bad’ Battles: A Comparative Analysis of Western Media Coverage of the Battles of Mosul and Aleppo
2017 (English)In: Tractus Aevorum, ISSN 2312-3044, Vol. 3, no 2, p. 114-138Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

The author examines the coverage of two simultaneously occurring battles, Mosul and Aleppo, in the Western media. Although both battles are intended to be key moments in defeating terrorist organisations, there is a stark contrast in the Western media`s framing of these events. In order to analyse the vast gaps in the coverage of these battles, the lens of news management, which is a means to influence public perception and opinion, is employed to view these two distinct events in Iraq and Syria. The author concludes that news management is applied to the information flows in these events in order to shape public opinion and perception of the battles Mosul and Aleppo—one ‘good’ and the other ‘bad.’

National Category
Media and Communications
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-322381 (URN)
Available from: 2017-05-20 Created: 2017-05-20 Last updated: 2017-05-24Bibliographically approved
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