NATO’s Social Media Strategic Communication in the Making


  • Michelangelo Conoscenti Università degli Studi di Torino


Parole chiave:

English Linguistics, NATO, CMC, WebCA, Analysis of Military Discourse, Social Media


The tenet of this investigation, stemming from Conoscenti (2016 and 2017), is that since 2014 the NATO military have been unable to introduce specific correctives to their social media strategy, particularly on Facebook, thus endangering their role and strategic capabilities. This paper builds on the chance that the author had to attend and lead, as a subject-matter expert, the NATO working groups that are active in this specific communicative environment. This also offered him the opportunity to be a participant observer and to access specific documents of the discourse community under scrutiny. After clarifying the elements that frame the military operations in this field, the current NATO communication on Facebook will be analysed in contrast to its communication in 2014. The paper also aims to document the effort of younger military generations to adapt to this new scenario. To account for this, an analysis of military discourse methodology is used. To achieve this goal a multimodal analysis approach (Conoscenti, 2017; Norris, 2011; Kress, 2010) is blended with netnography (Kozinet, Dolbec and Earley, 2014). Since the NATO Facebook page is a specific case of Computer-Mediated Communication to be analysed with a Discourse Analysis perspective that incorporates content analysis, this can be achieved through an extended paradigm of WebCA (Herring, 2010).


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Biografia autore

Michelangelo Conoscenti, Università degli Studi di Torino

Michelangelo Conoscenti is Professor of English Language and Translation at the University of Turin. His research interests integrate the Analysis of Political and Military Discourse with innovative corpus-based data-mining techniques. Recent contributions in this area are: ISIS’ Dabiq Communicative Strategies, NATO and Europe. Who is Learning from Whom? Routledge, 2017 and The Tipping Point. Donald Trump and the Discourse on World (Dis)Order in the Press and Expert Media, Comunicazione Politica, 2017.




Come citare

Conoscenti, Michelangelo. 2018. «NATO’s Social Media Strategic Communication in the Making». Altre Modernità, ottobre, 23-47.