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Packaging Terrorism. Co-opting the News for Politics and Profit. Edition No. 1. Communication in the Public Interest

  • ID: 5225883
  • Book
  • November 2008
  • 248 Pages
  • John Wiley and Sons Ltd
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Packaging Terrorism investigates how American media have identified and covered international terrorism and violence since September 11, 2001.
  • Compares US coverage with that of British and Arab media
  • Discusses the priorities, assumptions, political debates, deadline pressures and bottom-line considerations that will continue to influence coverage in the future
  • Suggests how terrorism could be better covered by the media going forwards
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1. What is Terrorism?.

Introduction: A Very Simple Idea.

Are You Ready.

Words and Trojan Horses.

Political Correctness: can I use the word “terrorist”?.

Why Do News Standards Matter.

What is Terrorism?.

2. How is Terrorism Covered?.

The Politics of Coverage.

Making Terrorism the “Big Story”.

Tragedy and Politics: What We Hear, Why We Hear It.

The Voices of the Powerful.

When Caring About Victims Sells News.

Parsing the Difference Between Terrorism and War.

Co-opting the News / Co-opting the Public.

The Stories That Are Told.

Why Some Media Do a Better Job.

3. What Are the Images of Terror?.

The Politics of Images.

When Did Pictures Start to Matter?.

“It’s No Time to Be Squeamish”: The “Jumpers” at the World Trade Center.

The Public’s “Picture of the Year”: The Flag-Raising at Ground Zero.

“Is American Blood More Precious Than Iraqi Blood?”: Ali Abbas and Pfc. Jessica Lynch.

Terrorists Want an Audience, Too: Daniel Pearl, Nicholas Berg and Beyond.

“Cleaning Up” the Pictures: Madrid and Fallujah.

Losing Control of the Image: Official photos, Snapshots and Cameraphones.

What Do We Need to See? What Do We Need to Do?.


4. Conclusion: Packaging Terrorism.

The End.

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Susan Moeller University of Maryland, College Park.
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