Is the media making terrorism worse?

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    Feb 04, 2015 4:22 AM GMT
    It just feels like they are giving free air time all day to any group that wants it. And then the reporters speculate on the groups actions and potential dooms day scenarios. Some of the comments from the analysts such as "_____ group, once again, deals the world a humiliating blow" Or "_____ group now showing x and y governments that they are in control and that those governments are powerless" really anger me.

    I get so frustrated. It sometimes feels like they enjoy reporting on it and are excited by it all. You hardly see any tears or emotion in the reporters (except for certain journalists that are truly embedded with the people).
  • AMoonHawk

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    Feb 04, 2015 5:22 AM GMT
    pazzy saidthe media is a branch of government though.

    things are not what they seem.

    Seriously?

    You mean like National Queerty and Instinct Magazine and Gay Star New? They're media too.
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    Feb 04, 2015 5:23 AM GMT
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    Feb 04, 2015 5:26 AM GMT
    I agree. I feel like they're making ISIS members seem like stars or something. Much like what happened with Charles Manson but on a much larger scale.
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    Feb 04, 2015 6:37 AM GMT
    woodfordr saidIt just feels like they are giving free air time all day to any group that wants it....


    I'm not sure what you are suggesting, that they sponsor airtime? This beheading brought to you by the good people at Stetson's. Check out our seasonal warm and fuzzy winter styles. Now back to your regularly scheduled immolations.

    I'd imagine terror was used in various campaigns or isolated events throughout history but here's some excerpts, collating two recent timelines. I just did that as a bit of a joke, not expecting to find much correlation but the early 1920s look interesting with the advent of radio broadcast stations.

    Media History Timeline
    http://www.webpages.uidaho.edu/jamm445hart/Timeline.htm

    List of terrorist incidents
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_terrorist_incidents

    1860-1865 – Civil War brings home “necessity” of news

    1877 – Thomas Edison invents the “talking machine”


    United States In 1865–1877: 3,000 Freedmen and their Republican Party allies were killed by the Ku Klux Klan and well-organized campaigns of violence by other local whites in a campaign of terrorist violence that weakened the reconstructionist governments in the American South and helped re-establish legitimized segregation.

    1888 – Edison lab develops movie camera

    1888 – George Eastman introduces the Kodak camera

    1888 – Heinrich Hertz transmits wireless sound waves


    United States May 4, 1886: Haymarket Affair. A peaceful rally in Haymarket, Chicago, Illinois, was disrupted when a bomb was detonated as police were dispersing the public demonstration.

    1891 –Edison patents Kinetoscope – first parlor opens 1894 in New York

    1890s – first “New Journalism” period; “Yellow Journalism”

    1890s – Edison develops mass market phonograph


    United States 1892, July 23: Alexander Berkman, a Russian expatriate, attempted to assassinate Henry Clay Frick, an American industrialist, financier, and art patron, in Pittsburgh. Berkman was arrested and Frick survived. Berkman claimed inspiration from the Haymarket Affair.

    1901 – Guglielmo Marconi sends and receives radio message across the Atlantic (Morse code, point to point)

    United States 1901, September 6: William McKinley, the 25th President of the United States, was shot and fatally wounded inside the Temple of Music on the grounds of the Pan-American Exposition in Buffalo, New York.

    1901 – Guglielmo Marconi sends and receives radio message across the Atlantic (Morse code, point to point)

    United States 1901, September 6: William McKinley, the 25th President of the United States, was shot and fatally wounded inside the Temple of Music on the grounds of the Pan-American Exposition in Buffalo, New York.

    1900s – Muckraking magazines

    1905 – First “nickelodeon”


    Morocco 1904, 18 May: Ion Perdicaris and Cromwell Varley kidnapped and ransomed by bandit Mulai Ahmed er Raisuli in Morocco

    1920 – First radio stations in U.S. and Canada

    United States 1920, 16 September: Wall Street bombing killed 38 people and wounded 300 others.

    Italy 1920, 14 October: In Trieste, nationalists had thrown 6 bombs at the editorial office of a Socialist newspaper, resulting in one death and 10 injuries.

    Italy 1920, 15 October: In Milan, anarchists are responsible for throwing 2 bombs at a hotel holding a British delegation attending the Milan International Conference; there were 2 injuries.[5]

    United States 1921, 31 May: The Tulsa race riot killed 39 people and injured over 800.

    Romania 1921, 13 December: 100 soldiers and police officers were killed by a bomb thrown by Bessarabian separatists at the Bolgrad palace

    1939 – First FM radio station started in New Jersey

    United States 1940–1956: George Metesky, the "Mad Bomber", placed over 30 bombs in New York City in public places such as Grand Central Station and The Paramount Theater, injuring ten during this period in protest against the local electric utility. He also sent many threatening letters

    1947 – Red Scare leads to congressional investigation of Hollywood


    Romania 1947, 25 July: Three Romanian terrorists kill an aircrew member aboard a Romanian airline.[9] This is attributed as the first hijacking that resulted in a fatality.

    Philippines 1949, 7 May: 13 people are killed as a Philippine airliner explodes in flight travelling from Daet to Manila. A time bomb had detonated 30 minutes after departure near Alabat Island.


    Whether or not one exacerbates the other, by now, I'm not sure as to its relevance to either, frankly. Media has become a medium, not unlike air or water. So it might be as significant as saying: that water is why everyone is swimming. Well, there might be some significance but not much surprise and not much to do about it, but swim.

    Turning off the TV set helps. Get your news more selectively so that you control at least to some degree what is thrown in your face.
  • Apparition

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    Feb 05, 2015 4:28 AM GMT
    terrorists dont exist, if i wanted to terrorize the country I could disable the electrical grid all by myself with a wrench and there is nothing you could do to stop me, you would surrender in a few days. you would live in the dark ages starving to death in the snow or heat.

    the beared boys you see on tv are just wannabe's.
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    so very few lines to unbolt and say...LA has no water, no money, no food, no AC, no internet, now television, no radio, no hospitals...nothing after 3 days.

    With thousands of easily accessible cut points. all unprotected.

    Sad the trillions they are giving to haliburton to pretend that the cavemen are terrorists. It is all a scam, when there are millions of nation ending attack points completely undefended.
  • wellwell

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    Feb 05, 2015 7:58 PM GMT
    OF COURSE THEY ARE; YOU EXPECTED SOMETHING ELSE?
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    Feb 06, 2015 4:04 PM GMT
    I don't know if this is still the case but part of Jerusalem's water supply was piped in through the desert from the West Bank's River Jordan via modern open aqueduct. Yet no one's ever poisoned the water or bombed the aqueduct. I always wondered how much of that water evaporated on its journey.