Edited by David Martin Jones, Paul Schulte, Carl Ungerer and M. L.R. Smith
Chapter 8: The media and terror: undermining information asymmetry
Terror is a tactic in war used by both state and non-state actors, and it is always a communicative act. Thus, terrorism is innately media related. What is clear is the asymmetric nature of such a conflict and how the digital media world is being leveraged by smart users of new technologies to augment their power and influence. In this chapter, by way of a situational analysis, I will explore how the Internet and, in particular, the digital media have done more than just provide new channels for groups to spread their messages and deliver a global audience for their performance but have also become an amplifying force multiplier. In this way, it might be possible to begin to outline possible remedies to these pathologies of the Internet.
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