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Studies in Terrorism
Media Scholarship
and the Enigma of Terror

Edited by Naren Chitty, Ramona R. Rush
and Mehdi Semati

 
This book is the result of a call for papers for a special issue of the Journal of International Communication sent out after the attack on the World Trade Centre and Pentagon. The contributions which were selected for publication include:
Introduction: Subject(s) of terrorism and media by Naren Chitty
Terrorism and freedom as oppositional forces: Origins and evolution in presidential discourse by Carol Winkler
After September 11: Public concern over threat, foreign policy attitudes, and decisions on going to war by Fang Yang and Ronald E. Ostman
Doubt foreclosed: US mainstream media and the attacks of September 11, 2001 by Oliver Boyd-Barrett
The alarm function of mass communication: A critical case study of "The Plot Against America, a special edition of NBC Nightly News with Tom Brokaw" by Julia R. Fox
Beyond the televised endgame? Addressing the long-term consequences of global media inequality by Nick Couldry
Fight the good fight with all your might: The US, us and them by Annabelle Mooney
The past as prologue: Osama bin Laden, the embassy bombings, and the ideological origins of America's "War on Terrorism" by Marouf A. Hasian, Jr
Free speech implications in the wake of September 11 by Amy Reynolds and Brooke Barnett
Indymedia and "enduring freedom": An exploration of sources, perspectives and "news" in an alternative internet project by Chris Atton
 
Contents of the book
Introduction: Subject(s) of terrorism and media by Naren Chitty
Terrorism and freedom as oppositional forces:
Origins and evolution in presidential discourse
by Carol Winkler
  Pre-Reagan era
  Reagan's first term
  Reagan's second term
  Conclusion
After September 11: Public concern over threat, foreign policy attitudes, and decisions on going to war by Fang Yang and Ronald E. Ostman
  International image, threat perception and mass foreign policy attitudes
  Protection motivation theory, concern over threat, and public foreign policy attitudes
  Data and methods
  Concern over threats
  Importance assessment of policy choices
  Confidence in American capability
  Support for war
  Analysis and results
  Predicting importance evaluation of policies reducing threats
  Predicting support for military action
  Predicting public support of war
  Conclusions
Doubt foreclosed: US mainstream media and the attacks of September 11, 2001 by Oliver Boyd-Barrett
  Introduction
  Initial discourses
  Media strategies
   
01 Mass mobilisation
02 Vilification of culprit
03 Ignoring alternative sources of culpability
04 The great sell of a 'wartime' president
05 Neglect or manipulation of history
06 Abandonment of journalistic curiosity
07 Assimilating administration propaganda and compliance with controls
  Conclusion
The alarm function of mass communication: A critical case study of "The Plot Against America, a special edition of NBC Nightly News with Tom Brokaw" by Julia R. Fox
  Functional analysis
  Critical case study: "The Plot Against America: A Special Edition of NBC Nightly News with Tom Brokaw"
  The alarm function of mass communication
Beyond the televised endgame? Addressing the long-term consequences of global media inequality by Nick Couldry
  Introduction
  Refiguring what we know
  Recharging the debate on the global media landscape
  Reduction or intensification?

Fight the good fight with all your might: The US, us and them
by Annabelle Mooney

  Introduction
   
01 You, me, us and the war
Applause
Dialogue
"He do the Police in Different Voices" and "The Waste Land
02 Structure
03 I am the law
Speech acts
"Let those who have ears . . ."
Issue number 1: "Act of war"
Issue number 2 - War happens between states
Issue number 3 - State responsibility by association
Issue number 4 - Is it appropriate self-defence?
Issue number 5 - Does international law even apply?
Issue number 6 - Why not use the legal frame?
04 Religion
05 Conclusion: convergence and oppression
The past as prologue: Osama bin Laden, the embassy bombings,
and the ideological origins of America's "War on Terrorism"
by Marouf A. Hasian, Jr
  Central Asian politics, Taliban 'freedom fighters' and the Afghan wars against foreign aggression
  How does Osama bin Laden fit into this picture?
  The embassy bombings and American representations of Osama bin Laden
  Conclusion
Free speech implications in the wake of September 11 by Amy Reynolds and Brooke Barnett
  Historical treatment of dissent
  Terrorism, congressional legislation and free speech
  USA Patriot Act
  Response to the USA Patriot Act
  Access to information
  Access to information after September 11
  Conclusion
Indymedia and "enduring freedom": An exploration of sources, perspectives and "news" in an alternative internet project by Chris Atton
  Introduction
  Background to Indymedia
  Indymedia as communicative democracy
  Indymedia and September 11
  Analytical categories
  Intellectuals and mainstream radicals
  Native reporters and contributions from groups
  Alternative sources
  Mainstream and official sources
  Making sense to readers
  Conclusions
 
 
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