This course explores the relationship between terrorism and the media. Since the 1972 hostage incident at the Munich Olympics had much of the world riveted to their television screens, the mass media and terrorists have endured and enjoyed an often symbiotic relationship. Yet the links between terrorists and the press go back even further to the advent of modern terrorism and “propaganda by the deed.” In today’s media-saturated global society, it is essential for any student of terrorism to understand how terrorists employ the media as a vehicle to frame their concerns, how governments influence the filtering of terrorist events, and how terrorists and the media use each other to expand their audiences.
Research how numerous mediums can be used by terrorist groups and governments alike to dispense information and persuade opinion.
Assess the importance and foundations of communications and learn how to clearly define a message.
Analyze how terrorist groups can use the media to recruit members and promote their cause and develop countermeasures.
Explain the influence of the media and its responsibilities to rightfully or wrongly report the news.
Demonstrate effective communication skills and media techniques to counter a terrorist entity or purpose.
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