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

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Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Mar 29, 2007 - Language Arts & Disciplines - 264 pages
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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Contents

Introduction to the Second Edition
1
Introduction to the First Edition
5
MassMediated Terrorism in the New World DisOrder
11
Terrorism as Breaking News Attack 011 America
41
Political Violence as Media Event
73
ETerrorism and the Web of Hate
113
The Mass Media and US Anti and Counterterrorism
143
Terrorism Counterterrorism and the Public
179
Responding to Terrorist Crises Dealing with the Mass Media
193
Conclusion
221
Addendum to the Second Edition
227
Bibliography
231
Index
239
About the Author
253
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Brigitte L. Nacos is adjunct professor of political science at Columbia University.

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