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Tue May 23, 2017, 06:26 PM


"Terrorism Is Mass Murder With A Media Strategy"

Good piece from Buzzfeed:


"ISIS has a media strategy, and unfortunately, it is aimed exactly at generating this type of coverage. In fact, this media strategy is instinctively shared with other sensational mass killers ó school shooters, white-supremacist terrorists, and others. They crave the distorted infamy they hope they will get after their death; they carefully prepare manifestos they hope will be published; they record videos they hope will be played on loop on cable TV.


We donít have to do this. We can give such news incidents the coverage they deserve, somber and proportional, while respecting and embracing the victims. We have examples of such media restraint: In the '80s, the world went through suicide clusters that spread via mass media. In the aftermath, the CDC developed sensible guidelines for media coverage of especially young suicides: Donít romanticize it; donít say they are now in a better place; emphasize that help is available and describe how; do not describe the method of suicide (practical ideation increases the odds of re-creation); do not create overexposure. Media followed these sensible guidelines, and indeed dampened the suicide contagion.

We can and should do this for terrorism and mass shootings. The guidelines won't be the same, but the outlines are clear. Don't go into loop mode. Mention names of killers sparingly. Avoid their photos, manifestos, and coverage they left behind for us except in brief mentions. Don't overreact. Report news when there is news. Don't retraumatize victims.


There is a better way: Letís kick off the murderers from the producer seat. Letís deprive them of our attention on their terms. Letís embrace the victims, and their families, across the globe, not just here but also over there. Donít splash the names and faces of the killers on TV; donít repeat their manifestos on loop. Each death is horrible, but that isnít a reason to exaggerate the power or the reach of the killers."

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Response to jberryhill (Original post)

Tue May 23, 2017, 06:29 PM

1. Violence is a contagion, when will we realize that?

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Response to ck4829 (Reply #1)

Tue May 23, 2017, 06:30 PM

2. The terrorists realize that, and use it against us


It's agonizing to watch the way we play into their hands.

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Response to jberryhill (Reply #2)

Tue May 23, 2017, 06:32 PM

3. I think some of our bigots see it too

Daesh and xenophobes are feeding each other

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Response to jberryhill (Original post)

Tue May 23, 2017, 06:35 PM

4. Vaguely reminiscent of Jim Jones' cult

Death cult full of naive malcontents who just want to create mayhem..they do not value life..theirs or anyone else's.

If your life is shit, and a smooth-talker convinces you that westerners are to blame for your misery...and the only way you can better your situation is to go see Allah (taking westerners with you)...well.....

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