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Anonymous (not verified) July 08, 2013

You might be interested in these articles I wrote: Archetti, C. (2012) “The Impact of New Media on Diplomatic Practice: An Evolutionary Model of Change,” The Hague Journal of Diplomacy, 7(2): 181-206. Available online: http://tinyurl.com/kmwwsnj Archetti, C. (2013) “What Difference Do Advances in Communication Technologies Make to Diplomatic Practice? An Evolutionary Model of Change Based on the Experience of London Foreign Diplomats,” in Iver B. Neumann and Halvard Leira (eds) International Diplomacy (London: SAGE). Available online: http://tinyurl.com/ms4guby
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Mary July 08, 2013

Thanks for sharing, Cristina. Both make for interesting reading.
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Anonymous (not verified) July 08, 2013

Some interesting points - if how we communicate has changed/is changing then diplomacy like many other fields will have to adjust and evolve
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Mary July 08, 2013

Yes, Shelley-Ann, diplomacy isn't immune from twenty-first century advancements in communications technology.
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Anonymous (not verified) July 12, 2013

I found this report absolutely valuable and I share several readers and researchesrs to congratulate Mary for the same.Though I wish to add a concern to the report.To the best of my knowlege social media and its impact on diplomacy has spread fast.In terms of numbers and quantity its doing very well but when it comes to quality the growth has not been impressive.As such there could be a risk of manipluations in the course of time.I am now thinking of employings different qualitative tools in order to enrich the impact of social media.one option might be application of cognitive sciences in social media's relationship with diplomacy.There are countries and societies that have been in the forefront of democracy and civilian society in their region and have in fact achieved some of their objectives but have soon returned to non-civilian regimes.Iran is one important case study for the subject.People are intelligent and freedom-loving and their efforts bear fruits but soon is lost.
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Mary July 16, 2013

I am reminded of a piece by Edward Bernays, in his book PROPAGANDA (http://www.historyisaweapon.com/defcon1/bernprop.html): “The conscious and intelligent manipulation of the organized habits and opinions of the masses is an important element in democratic society. Those who manipulate this unseen mechanism of society constitute an invisible government which is the true ruling power of our country. ...We are governed, our minds are molded, our tastes formed, our ideas suggested, largely by men we have never heard of. This is a logical result of the way in which our democratic society is organized. Vast numbers of human beings must cooperate in this manner if they are to live together as a smoothly functioning society. ...In almost every act of our daily lives, whether in the sphere of politics or business, in our social conduct or our ethical thinking, we are dominated by the relatively small number of persons...who understand the mental processes and social patterns of the masses. It is they who pull the wires which control the public mind.”

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