The Information Battleground: Terrorist Violence and the Role of the Media part 1

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    • 00:11

      GUS MARTIN: There has always been an attemptby extremist movements to try and promulgate their cause.To try and gain support through whatever networking media areavailable to them.In the old days, of course, it was shortwave radio,then it became televised, and now,in the era of social networking media,we have instantaneous dissemination

    • 00:33

      GUS MARTIN [continued]: of information and images by these extremist groups.And they have become very good at it.They have their own young people who are educated and trainedin how to use Twitter, YouTube, Facebook,and other social networking media,and they are very adept at posting incidents.Very gruesome things such as beheadings and other incidents

    • 00:55

      GUS MARTIN [continued]: are automatically promulgated throughout the worldto hundreds of millions of people.So the war begins to be fought on our computers,in our bedrooms, on television becauseof the instantaneous nature of this.In addition to this, what we see,though, is that we tend to promotethe freedom of the media.In other words, cartoonists or whomever can--

    • 01:17

      GUS MARTIN [continued]: in the name of freedom of expression--can publish virtually anything they want to.And yet the extremists in our societieswill be suppressed if they begin giving fascist salutesor promoting revolution that endangers society.So we do see a bit of a conflict, if you will,a sort of a dilemma-- a political dilemma.

    • 01:40

      GUS MARTIN [continued]: But it is the way it is.The modern era of terrorism has seena war that's going on in the media and alsoin social networking media.

The Information Battleground: Terrorist Violence and the Role of the Media part 1

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Professor Gus Martin discusses how terrorist groups use media to their advantage. He also highlights the conflict between freedom of expression and the suppression of extremism.

The Information Battleground: Terrorist Violence and the Role of the Media part 1

Professor Gus Martin discusses how terrorist groups use media to their advantage. He also highlights the conflict between freedom of expression and the suppression of extremism.

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