The Media and American Counterterrorism Policy Persuasive Essay by scribbler

The Media and American Counterterrorism Policy
A look at the role of the media in influencing American counterterrorism policy.
# 152817 | 1,867 words | 4 sources | MLA | 2013 | US

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This paper explores how the media plays a chief role in the dynamic between terrorism and society and discusses how in this technological age, terrorists have learned to use the Internet, video and audio cassettes, DVDs and video games to spread propaganda and condition young adults for recruitment. The paper then discusses how the media plays a huge role in counterterrorism policy through agenda setting and framing, and through the role of the individual journalist. The paper also reveals that media critics have charged that terrorists resort to progressively bloodier violence to satisfy the media's appetite for sensational news.

From the Paper:

"Thomas Jefferson wrote, "Where the press is free, all is safe" (Berg & Lipscomb 1904; TTSRL 2, 2008). The free press is one of the cornerstones of democratic societies. We have to ask, however, what happens if the content the media offers the audience is delivered or influenced by an organization that has the objective to disturb that safety (2, 2008). In the age of a global media and communication, the people who desire to spread hate and terror are not prohibited by national borders or regions. It is very easy these days for terrorists to spread very powerful words and images around the world and train defenseless men and women to be recruited into terrorist cells and networks. International - as well as domestic - terrorists exploit the more traditional and the new communication resources to achieve a bevy of crucial objectives - most of all the media-dependent distribution of their "propaganda of the deed" among friends and foes (Nacos 1, 2006). No matter where terrorists are located - the United States, the Middle East, Europe, or the Far East, or other regions - terrorists exploit the mass media - including the Internet - for the benefit of their operational efficiency, information gathering, recruitment, fund raising, and propaganda schemes (1, 2006)."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Guiroa, Amos N. Fundamentals of counterterrorism. Aspen Law & Business, 2008.
  • Nacos, Brigitte L. "Terrorism/Counterterrorism and Media in the Age of Global Communication. United Nations university global seminar second Shimame- Yamaguchi session "Terrorism - a global challenge." New York: Columbia University, 2006.
  • Transnational Terrorism, Security & the Rule of Law (TTSRL). "Terrorism and the Media," 2008. Retrieved on October 13, 2010, from
  • Weimann, Gabriel. Terror on the Internet: The New Arena, the New Challenges. The United States Institute of Peace, 2006.

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