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PenPal Conversation Three

I decided to continue my conversation with Idyli further. Previously we had been discussing the role of facism in Greece’s socio-political climate. According to Idyli, “facist revolts were huge events.” Groups such as 17 Noembri utilized facism as a mechanism to mobilize the population in support of their cause. Idyli stated that “people were starving and had no freedom or rights of anykind.” Read more

The Iraq War-A conversation with Chinwei

Chinwei had never seen Hurt Locker but we started discussing our personal opinions of the Iraq War. I was excited to see a perspective from another country and how it would differ from my own. I wonder in part if our different opinions are the result of the different media outlets we follow. Below is our exchange. Read more

Terrorism and Gender – A discussion with Markela

My Greek penpal, Markela, and I discussed the recent suicide bombings in Russia and gender as it relates specifically to this act of terror and more generally to all acts of terror. I told her that I felt that gender is only made salient when females are responsible for terrorist acts and that this might be because these events defy gender norms worldwide of a caring, peaceful woman who raises children and takes care of her household, largely isolated from society. Read more

Chinwei’s Opinion of the Importance of Civilian Casualties

I asked Chinwei what terrorist groups were predominant in Singapore, and our conversation led to how civilian casualties affect perceptions of terrorism. Below is his very well-stated opinion. I think his idea that “hatred is amplified through ignorance” rings true. And I especially agree with him that terrorists are not just “mere killing machines” and that “it takes a lot for one to kill normal, defenseless people just to evoke terror.” It’s a very thought provoking reflection and I began to think about what in our society is to blame for the creation of this sort of hatred. Read more

Markela’s thoughts on The Hurt Locker

I had an interesting discussion with Markela regarding The Hurt Locker. Specifically, we discussed two ideas. We talked about how The Hurt Locker could potentially have been a form of war propaganda, which further explains the high praise and attention it received. We also talked about how the War on Terror is depicted as a drug in this film, which supports the idea that the film could be war propaganda. Read more

Oklahoma City Trip – What is Terrorism?

Here’s a quick collection of clips from our recent trip to Oklahoma City. Interviews include Mike Boettcher, a former CNN correspondent , Kerensa Jennings (British accent, from the BBC), and two key employees at the Oklahoma City bombing memorial. 

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Education and the Third Cup of Tea

After reading the book “Three Cups of Tea” I asked my partner Andrew, who is a Greek college student in the field of Journalism, about the effectiveness of education as a way to combat terrorism. His response really gave credibility to the idea of education as a preventative measure.

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A Greek perspective on preventing terrorism

My pen pal, Andrew A., is a journalism and communication student at the American College of Greece in Greece. I asked him about the most effective way to reduce global terrorism, and this was his response.

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A world away

When talking with my New Zealand penpal Yan, I realized that the United States isn’t the only country that seems a world apart. Read more

Pen Pal’s Response to Hurt Locker

Transcribed from Gmail Chat conversation

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Terrorism and the Press

This blog is an integral part of a special section of Honors 394 Spring 2010, Arizona State University. Rather than a routine history course this dynamic, interactive seminar explores the interplay between terrorism and television, and other media sources on-line and in print. 26 students and their global pen pals comprise the bloggers. We welcome all to share their opinions, pertinent observations, insights, comments, feedback. Please post in a responsible manner.