The study of communication is directly relevant to the study of terrorism and terrorist groups. While the definition of terrorism is itself extremely controversial, and by no means settled, as a working definition, the definition used by the U.S. Department of State: as defined in USC Title 22 Section 2656, can be adopted: “Terrorism is premeditated, politically motivated violence perpetrated against non-combatant targets by subnational groups or clandestine agents.” Contemporary research on the relationship between communication and terrorism generally falls into one of three categories: (1) understanding terrorist attacks as themselves fundamentally communicative acts, and studying them from that perspective; (2) studying the way the professional press covers terrorism and terrorists; and (3) studying the way terrorists and terrorist groups are making use of their ...

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