Book Mass-mediated terrorism : mainstream and digital media in terrorism and counterterrorism / Brigitte L. Nacos.
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Call Number PN4784.T45 N11 2016
Media class: Book
Edition: Third edition.
Publisher: Lanham, Maryland : Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc
ISBN: 1442247606 9781442247604 1442247614 9781442247611
Extent: xix, 265 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm
With all new and expanded chapters, the third edition provides an in-depth look at how terrorists exploit mass media to get attention, spread fear and anxiety among the targets of this sort of violence, and threaten further attacks. The traditional news media's appetite for shocking, sensational, and tragic stories has always resulted in over-coverage of terrorist events and threats. But today, social media, such as Twitter, Facebook, and YouTube, allow terrorists to communicate directly with huge audiences around the globe spreading their propaganda, radicalizing and recruiting followers, and providing know-how to "lone wolves." On the other hand, governments in democracies, too, utilize mass media to enlist public support for counterterrorist measures. This volume will help readers to understand the centrality of media considerations in both terrorism and counterterrorism.
Media and terrorism in the twenty-first century -- The communication calculus of terrorism -- Terrorists always found alternative media -- Computer-assisted political violence or e-terrorism -- Traditional media, terrorism news, and the virus of contagion -- Attack on America as breaking news - a case study -- Terrorism and mass-mediated gender stereotypes -- Political violence as public entertainment -- Terrorism, counterterrorism, and freedom of expression -- Indexing, propaganda model, and counterterrorism news -- Responding to terrorist crises -- Conclusion.