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.

Public Diplomacy Versus Terrorism

Public diplomacy versus terrorism

The final two chapters of the section should be read together as a debate over the kinds of strategies used to manage terrorism and counter-terrorism, most notably in relation to public diplomacy and ‘soft power’. Philip Seib argues that the widespread take-up of social media has ensured that public diplomacy – the use of non-military means to secure political objectives – is no longer a ‘sideshow’ to official diplomacy but a struggle undertaken by a range of actors including governments, terrorists, NGOs and multinational corporations. Insisting that conventional approaches to diplomacy must take on board the persuasive powers of the media and providing examples from Al-Qaeda's use of media to international versions of Sesame Street, Seib adopts a ...

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