Posted: September 17th, 2017
“For all intents and purposes ISIS is the first terrorist group in the world to
effectively use social media and digital communications to promote itself. From a
distributed web of radicals across the Middle East and further afield, the group has
managed to leverage these new media networks to gain followers, broadcast victories
and terrify opponents into submission.” (“Meet ISIS, the terrorists who tweet,” Versus
Terrorism is as much a communication phenomenon as it is a political or military one.
The terrorist group ISIS, waging war in Syria and Iraq, represents an unprecedented
fusion of terrorism and communication. In its propaganda, ISIS uses sophisticated and
slick productions and social media to get its message out to terrorize its enemies and
• How does the concept of the “risk society” help us to explain the nature and
consequences of terrorism? How does terrorism, as a form of crisis and a cultural
phenomenon, relate to media, and how does understanding that relationship help us to
make better sense of terrorism?
• Draw on Cottle to understand the nature of how we view crisis in news media, Street
to think about the nature of power as it relates to mass media, and use ISIS and or
other examples in your analysis.
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