The Information Battleground: Terrorist Violence and the Role of the Media part 2

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      [Understanding Terrorism.The Information Battleground: Terrorist Violenceand the Role of the Media.Extremists Use of Social Networking and Media]

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      SPEAKER 1: Living in the west, I know how youfeel when I used to live there.In the heart, you feel depressed.[INAUDIBLE] said, the cure for the depressionis jihad [INAUDIBLE].You feel like you have no honor. [INAUDIBLE]the honor of a believer is [INAUDIBLE].The honor of the [INAUDIBLE] is jihad [INAUDIBLE].

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      SPEAKER 1 [continued]: All my brothers, come to jihad and feelthe honor we are feeling.Feel the happiness that we are feeling.

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      SPEAKER 2: The use of social networking media by extremistsis very effective with the young generation.And what we see is that young people in the United Statesand Europe and elsewhere will automaticallydownload this information from the extremist groups.And it is packaged.There's no question about this.You'll have background music, we'll

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      SPEAKER 2 [continued]: have heroic extremists fighting against the evil standing orderor whatever.And what we see is a certain idealism, a certain naiveteamong many people who view these videos,so that even though it might be a beheading or somethinggruesome like that, or bodies in the streets,it is packaged as if this is some sort of war of liberation,

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      SPEAKER 2 [continued]: that they are establishing with the Islamic State, for example,establishing God's caliphate on earth-- very idealistic.In addition to that, what we see areyoung women who are now coming in and joining groupslike the Islamic State out of a sense of idealism.They think that it is a romantic thing

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      SPEAKER 2 [continued]: to marry a fighter who's fighting on behalf of God.And there is a large flow of young peoplewho are doing this.And in fact, there are actually some hints,or some instructions on how to approach--if you're a young woman, how to approach the border,and what to pack, and how to smuggle yourselfacross the border between Turkey and Syria.So what we see is a very good packaging of this.

The Information Battleground: Terrorist Violence and the Role of the Media part 2

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Abstract

Professor Gus Martin discusses how terrorist groups use social media for recruitment, and how young, idealistic people are especially vulnerable to their message.

The Information Battleground: Terrorist Violence and the Role of the Media part 2

Professor Gus Martin discusses how terrorist groups use social media for recruitment, and how young, idealistic people are especially vulnerable to their message.

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