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Terrorism: The Imaginative Construction of the “Other”

Ter-ror-ism: noun. An arbitrary term used to describe a person or persons who oppose another group’s inherent beliefs and ideological commitments through the use of violent action as a means to pursue political, social, religious, and/or economic goals. The implication behind the word’s usage illustrates the interconnectedness of the “terrorist” and the group or organization that the former seeks to oppose, disestablish, or antagonize. This binary opposition (“terrorist” versus “non-terrorist”) is arbitrary in nature and is only utilized by a dominant group to describe the force that is opposing it. Read more

Terrorism: Incapable of Definition

To me, given my knowledge and understanding of terrorism through the media and as an aspiring member of the media, I would define terrorism as conscious acts of extreme violence toward civilians and political leaders for the advancement of a cause. This goes beyond personal grudges and grievances, and is done on an organized scale in order to inflict the maximum amount of damage and harm, securing attention to a cause. Read more

A Greek Jouranlist’s take on radio on September 11th

As part of my first correpsondence with Eva, I asked her what she thought of my examination of radio’s involvement with the Septemeber 11th attacks.  Her response didn’t surprise me. Read more

Terrorism Defined

Terrorism is a tactic in which either state or non-state actors attack or threaten to attack non-combatants with the immediate goal of spreading large amounts of fear within a particular group or population, often in conjunction with a long-term political goal. Read more

My PenPal: Idyli Tsakiri

For the past few months, I have been corresponding via email with a Greek journalism student named Idyli Tsakiri. Ms. Tsakiri is currently a sophomore at the American College of Greece. She hopes to eventually become a war correspondent, like her father. Coincidentally, Mr. Tsakiri has been reporting on one of Greek’s largest terrorist organizations, 17 Noembri, as well as a multitude of other salient political issues. Idyli’s knowledge and interest in “terrorism” illustrates the valuable information that she can contribute to our discussions concerning the media’s coverage of “terrorist” attacks. Read more

Meeting a Greek journalist – A new perspective

Eva Manakaidu is a Greek journalist and college student at the American University in Greece.  As part of branching out and learning how other countries view terrorism, I began correspondence with her to get her thoughts on various events in the world. Read more

Iraqi Blog Sites

One of the more impressive aspects of today’s internet is the ability for just about anyone to get online – even in cases where war may get in the way.  Just a few days ago I discovered the site where a whole list of Iraqi bloggers are maintained.  As always, our view from outside is always skewed by the media we view as do the bloggers themselves but from inside.  Not all of the blogs listed are in English not surprisingly, but there a couple of bloogers in the list I want to highlight. Read more

Northern Ireland Presentation Slides

I just wanted to add the slides we used for the Northern Ireland presentation.  Most of it was images, but still some important points also not in the study guide.

Terror expert: Media, politicians fuel distrust

In reference to the shooting that took place in front of te Pentagon. Not all terrorism is a result of religious or ethnic divides. Also, this is my first post, so I don’t know if this is going to work correctly…

Idyli’s Reaction to 9/11

Our correspondence began…”My father, a war correspondent, was covering the 9/11 attacks when they happened. I was only 11. I remember everything clearly.”  The discussions that Ms. Tsakiri and I have been having over the past few months have been enlightening to say the least. Since their inception, I have garnered a different understanding of the way that U.S. actions/inactions are perceived. Read more

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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.