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.

Propaganda and Terrorism

Propaganda and terrorism

David Miller and Rizwaan Sabir take a very different approach to Seib in the previous chapter and equate public diplomacy, strategic communications and psychological operations as forms of propaganda designed to promote the military capacities of those who advocate them. Propaganda, for Miller and Sabir, is far from simply a question of ideas but a matter of ‘political action’ that ties together practices of persuasion and coercion. Identifying four key areas of propaganda – its institutions, doctrine, practice and its outcomes – in relation to contemporary examples concerning counter-terrorism raids in the UK, terrorism statistics across Europe and the government organizations dedicated to producing propaganda, they conclude that techniques like public diplomacy and propaganda are far from benevolent forms of ...

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