Have the media contributed to exacerbating the political, cultural and religious divides within Western societies and the world at large? How can media be deployed to enrich, not inhibit, dialogue? To what extent has the media, in all its forms, questioned, celebrated or simply accepted the unleashing of a ‘war on terror’? Media and Terrorism brings together leading scholars to explore how the world's media have influenced, and in turn, been influenced by terrorism and the war on terror in the aftermath of 9/11. Accessible and user-friendly with lively and current case studies, it is a perfect student text and is an essential handbook on the dynamics of war and the media in a global context.
Part 1: Contexts
The opening section of the book attempts to map out some of the key contexts for an analysis of the relationship between media and terrorism. These include the geopolitical considerations that give rise to the use of violence to achieve political ends (such as resistance to foreign occupation or the struggle to control natural resources); religious and cultural objectives (that include campaigns over language rights and faith-based social orders); ideological debates concerning the interests of the various actors and the legitimacy of terrorism as a form of political struggle; access to the material resources of the media world; and, of course the potential of existing and emerging media forms to publicize and interpret terrorist actions for specific audiences.
In providing these contexts, we are keen ...