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War and Terrorism

Exploring and understanding the ideas of war and terror- how it exists, what role the media plays.
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Brianna Dollaz

on 23 July 2010

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Transcript of War and Terrorism

WAR AND TERROR What is terror, or terrorism? ter·ror·ism
–noun
1. the use of violence and threats to intimidate or coerce, esp. for political purposes.
2. the state of fear and submission produced by terrorism or terrorisation.


(dictionary.com) How is this different from the defintion of War? war
–noun
1. a conflict carried on by force of arms, as between nations or between parties within a nation; warfare, as by land, sea, or air.
2. active hostility or contention; conflict; contest: a war of words.
3. a struggle: a war for men's minds; a war against poverty.

(dictionary.com) SO... Is terrorism different to war? Could we define it as the individualised acts that make up the 'greater' idea of War? Lets examine the prevalent images associated with terrorism... Contrast the three images:
1. Can you identify the three different "terrorist" groups represented?
2. Why are they each considered terrorist groups?
3. Which is the image we are exposed to most frequently- though the media?
4. Does this impact peoples idea of what a terrorist is?
5. How? View this footage
from the 1950's. It's
not VERY clear, but
what is happening is
obvious.
Listen to what the voice-over is telling you about this footage then answer the question: What is happening and why isn't this man running? At the end of the footage, the announcer says;

"The image of the United States as the defender of liberty is seriosuly ternished."

What does this mean?
Well, let's DECODE the statement.

= What is an 'image'?
= What is liberty?
= What does tarnished mean?
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