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Terrorism and the Media, Core Assessment

Terrorism is defined as; "The unlawful use or threatened use of force or violence by a person or organized group against people or property with the intention of intimidating or coercing societies or governments, often for ideological or political reasons". (Barnett and Reynolds, 2009, p. 13). There is no official definition of terrorism agreed on throughout the world. Even when the common elements of terrorism are spelled-out for us; "Small units, small weapons, usually don't wear uniforms, targets are state symbols, political opponents and public at large and the action is not recognized as a legal act”. (Barnett and Reynolds, slide-8). It seems that when a bombing, a mass shooting, or a suspected terrorist event happens and American leadership have agreed on the common elements of the terrorist event, a good number of American citizens are more concerned with the ethnic background of the alleged perpetrator and more specifically if they have a Muslim sounding name. So even though we know the general definition of "Terrorism", sometimes those elements are not the immediate focus and the actual definition varies even at the highest levels. Was the Boston marathon a terrorist action? According to the President of the United States it was. However, according to the agreed on definition as outlined by (Barnett and Reynolds, slide-8), the jury is still out. Another publically recognized domestic terrorism event was the 1995 Oklahoma City bombing by Timothy McVeigh. He clearly used a bomb that was large enough to decimate a large building, so the small weapons element that (Barnett and Reynolds slide-8), doesn't apply to the Oklahoma City bombing. However, the event is still recognized and classified as a domestic terrorism action. Explain the role media plays in terrorists acts. "Terrorism and the Media are…...

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