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Terrorism 1 Abstract Terror. A word that no one takes lightly. It is instilled into the hearts and minds of the innocent, for what? A message, a political viewpoint expressed by taking another human life. And sweeping right in behind this tragedy, this act of terrorism, is the ever present media, which only fuels the flames of destruction even higher. Terrorism is a major problem in facing our society. Even though it has been around since people’s ideals have been oppressed, still no one listens and everyone fears it. The best way to end terrorism is by understanding the reasons behind it, ending publicity for it, and increasing security measures for it. To understand terrorism one has to realize that it can occur at any moment, but it will most likely happen when least expected. To uncover the true cause of terrorism, involves identifying motive and personalities of those “terrorizing”. Today, our society, not only America, as well as the rest of the world, is frightened by domestic and international terrorists for their ability to reach the innocent. Terrorism 3 History of Terrorism Since the days of ancient Egypt, people have been killing leaders of countries and/or attempting to overthrow their governmen Continue...

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Terrorists stage an event that will gain news coverage and then try to get their views publicized by threatening drastic actions. The infamous San Diego Wildfires that caused over 50 million dollars in damages and left many homeless was caused by the E. This is where the public begins to accept terrorism because the media is constantly covering terrorism, and counter-terrorism efforts. (Nacos, 11) Definition of Terrorism Webster's New American Dictionary is defined as "the systematic use of intense fear as a means of coercion. He found that a "saturation of media coverage led to public apathy robbing the terrorist act of its publicity effect". Terrorists need media publicity in order to get their views spread to the public. These media technologies are allowing terrorists to reach a larger audience than ever before. "It is generally intended to intimidate or coerce a governments, individuals or groups to modify their behavior or policies (The Vice President's Task Force on Combating Terrorism). Besides contributing to the expansion of terrorist activities, the media may also cause the acts to become larger, have more grandeur. If the problems that the media cause are ever going to be solved, the media must decide whether to regulate themselves or deal with the consequences of government regulation.


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