Mass-Mediated Terrorism: The Central Role of the Media in Terrorism and Counterterrorism / Edition 2by Brigitte L. Nacos
Pub. Date: 03/29/2007
Publisher: The Rowman & Littlefield Publishing Group Inc
The second edition of the award-winning Mass-Mediated Terrorism features a new chapter on public opinion and is updated with analyses of the Iraq war, increasing terrorist attacks abroad, and subsequent counterterrorism measures. It also includes new information on Al-Jazeera and the use of the Internet in terrorist efforts. Using U.S. cases and incidents abroad,… See more details below
The second edition of the award-winning Mass-Mediated Terrorism features a new chapter on public opinion and is updated with analyses of the Iraq war, increasing terrorist attacks abroad, and subsequent counterterrorism measures. It also includes new information on Al-Jazeera and the use of the Internet in terrorist efforts. Using U.S. cases and incidents abroad, Brigitte Nacos explores the use of political violence for the sake of publicity, media coverage of counterterrorism policies and its effect on political decision making, and the impact of new media. 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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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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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.