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Discussion Questions: The relationship between the media and terrorism is often described as symbiotic. What is meant by this characterization? Please provide an example to illustrate your position. Is there anything that could be done to lessen the ‘use’ of the media by terrorists while still maintaining freedom of speech (consistent with the media’s protection under the 1st Amendment of the Constitution)?
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2. For this week’s discussion I will be evaluating the use of media and its relationship with terrorism as well as how some concerns of media usage could be address without hindering the rights of the people. For starters media sources are able to captivate a large audience by the types of information and imagery they release (Gerhards & Schafer, 2013). In doing so networks are able to boost their ratings by the more individuals that watch there network. Now given that terrorist organization desire is to influence political decision by the use of or threat of violence then the media plays a vital role. By utilizing the media terrorist organizations are able to increase the number of individuals who are affected by such an event. Through both the reach of the media platform as well as the possible live coverage that can display imagery of such an attack it can help to create the desire outcome sought by the terrorist organization (Gerhards & Schafer, 2013). A great example of media usage for terrorism can be seen during the Boston Marathon Bombing. This attack was not only displayed on media platforms following the attack but was directly filmed and aired by media platforms as the attack unfolded. Whether the direct intentions of the perpetrators or simply an indirect result of the attack location this media coverage was able to inflict fear and panic on a national scale through media coverage. As individuals continued to watch the coverage of the manhunt of the attackers it continued to boost ratings of all platforms partaking. Now when discussing possible methods that could be implemented in order to prevent media coverage of terrorist attacks the first issue that is brought up is the first amendment. Any restriction implemented by the government on a media platform could be seen as an infringement on the American people’s rights. It has been voiced many times by politicians that there are somethings that the media should not cover however there are no restrictions in place (Congressional Research Service, n.d.). With that said I do not believe that there is anything that can be implemented other than the request that media platforms implement some discernment and understanding that some information should not be broadcast given the greater effect it has on the people and the free coverage given to the suspects.
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