Mass-Mediated Terrorism: The Central Role of the Media in Terrorism and Counterterrorism / Edition 2

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Mass-Mediated Terrorism, Second Edition, an in-depth look at terrorism, political violence, and mass media, shows how terrorists exploit global media networks and information highways to carry news of their violence along with "propaganda of the deed." To what extent is the media advancing or obstructing the propaganda and policy goals of terrorists and their targets? Has the Internet strengthened the hands of terrorists to organize, recruit, and spread propaganda? How have targets of terrorism used the media to manipulate public opinion and advance their own agendas? From U.S. cases to incidents abroad, this award-winning book explores the use of political violence for the sake of publicity, media coverage of counterterrorism policies and its affect on political decision making, and the impact of new media. This revised second edition, which includes a new chapter on public opinion, is updated with analysis of the Iraq war, increasing terrorist attacks abroad, and subsequent counterterrorism measures. It also contains new information on the Arab satellite network Al-Jazeera and the use of the Internet in terrorist efforts. Mass-Mediated Terrorism offers a blueprint both for effective public information and media relations during terrorism crises as well as for ethical news coverage of major terrorism incidents.

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Doris A. Graber
It is a disturbing truth that a detailed analysis of the terrorism phenomenon, first published in 2002, requires major updates a scant five years later. The new challenges reported by Brigitte Nacos are huge. New media have enhanced the power of terrorists to instill fear and recruit followers. To cope with the evolving dangers, citizens and their leaders need to be aware of these developments. Mass-Mediated Terrorism provides the necessary insights.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780742553804
  • Publisher: The Rowman & Littlefield Publishing Group Inc
  • Publication date: 3/29/2007
  • Edition description: 2ND
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 264
  • Product dimensions: 9.00 (w) x 6.00 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author

Brigitte L. Nacos is adjunct professor of political science at Columbia University.

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Table of Contents

Chapter 1 Introduction to Second Edition Chapter 2 Introduction Chapter 3 1 Mass-Mediated Terrorism in the New World (Dis)Order Chapter 4 2 Terrorism as Breaking News: Attack on America Chapter 5 3 Political Violence as Media Event Chapter 6 4 E-Terrorism and the Web of Hate Chapter 7 5 The Mass Media and U.S. Anti- and Counterterrorism Chapter 8 6 Terrorism, Counterterrorism, and the Media Chapter 9 7 Responding to Terrorist Crises: Dealing with the Mass Media Chapter 10 8 Conclusion Chapter 11 Bibliography

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  • Posted October 29, 2009

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    Media. Terrorism's Virtual Venue...

    Terrorism. The one word strikes fear into the heart of many who hear it. Pictures flash in our minds of outlandish carnage, horror and destruction as we remember past attacks on our nation and around the world, made ever more real for us through modern technology. Media has become a portal for terrorists to spread their terror and message throughout America and the world.
    Author Brigitte Nacos, in her book, "Mass Mediated Terrorism: The Central Role of the Media in Terrorism and Counterterrorism", addresses terrorism, and the affect that the media has in helping aid the terrorist agendas. Nacos' book creates a plausible argument concerning the involvement of media, in spreading the terrorist agenda.
    Nacos writes about what terrorism is, and how terrorists use the media as a vehicle to further their agendas. Nacos' starts off her book by defining what terrorism is. She also writes about why terrorists do what they do, and how the media and our advanced technologies assist them (the terrorists) in their agendas.
    Nacos goes into depth, on the different media mediums that terrorists will use to spread their agenda. Today's media is able to immediately relay graphic images, and live feed to households around the world. It is the quickest way to send a message around the globe. The terrorist's motives behind this, is self exploitation, as well as intimidation. As technology has advanced, there has been an increase in what Nacos describes as "E-Terrorism" and a "Web of Hate". Networks, and online communities, are created to recruit as well as maintain, and stay in contact with, terrorists around the globe.
    Addressing counterterrorism, Nacos looks at both violent counterterrorism, and non-violent terrorism, and what has been the most effective over the years. Looking at historical situations and facts, she creates a biased opinion about the coverage of terrorism, and media relations. The latter part of the book contains suggestions for media, concerning the best way to respond when, and if, terrorism should arise. Instead of exploiting terrorism, and the horrors that go with it; honor and respect the lives lost, and grieve with the country, and family members-don't make a huge spectacle out of it.
    Nacos' work is a use of examples, statics, and facts that made this book a library of good information. I felt that much critical analysis had gone into her writing. You maybe get lost in all the numbers, statistics and stories she shares, and lose sight of the main idea. I found myself asking, "Where is she going with this?" more than once. But, once you get past that, she does wrap up her theories evidentially.
    Media in our society today is ever more impactful as we become more and more accustomed to its use. As we become more technologically advanced, we become desensitized. By doing something particularly horrific, they hope to use our reliance on technology to spread their hate and passions around the world in hopes that it will intimidate, and create fear among those who it comes into contact with. This is what Brigitte Nacos writes about in her book. Media's grasp, and out reliance upon it, is ever tightening.choking out our innocence, and sensitivity.

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