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Media's Attraction to Terrorist Acts

Most people see the explosions, bodies, and training camps on the nightly news, and they think, "wow, that's terrible." or "Why would these terrorists want their training footage out to the public?" The simple answer, recruitment.

Think of it this way, the Blue Angels are used by the U.S. Navy as a recruitment tool and a means of publicity. The terrorists are doing the same thing, when "wanna-be" terrorists are contemplating joining, seeing large, organized sections a terrorist organization could give them that last little push they need to sign up.

Q. Do you think with, this being the case, the nightly news should be more careful about what they show on tv? Explain

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The media are attracted by extreme terrorist acts not only because it is their duty to report on any major event but also because, at the same time, the dramaturgy of terrorism attracts large scale attention. The media is conscious of the fact that since the September 11, 2001 attacks most people have become more aware of the threat of another terrorist attack comparable to the 9/11 attacks.Today's terrorists have picked up this dynamic and take action not only to make their victims suffer but also to create the most attention worldwide. Terrorists have become "media competent" by knowing and applying the ...

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The media's attraction to extreme terrorist acts is discussed.