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 2: Global Representations of Terrorism
Apart from dominating international news for a decade, the ‘war on terror’ has also been variously represented in the world of entertainment. The formidable corporate and technological power of US cultural industries can ensure that American versions of terrorism and how to deal with it have been circulating across global digital superhighways, being avidly consumed in multiplexes as well as via multimedia and mobile platforms. Arguably, an entertainment-driven media have a much greater global currency than news and current affairs, given that the audiences for the latter are minuscule in comparison to the $50 billion electronic gaming industry and the omnipresent Hollywood whose hegemony continues to shape popular culture across the world – in its original, cannibalized or ...