Chapter 1. What is Terrorism?

  1. Susan D. Moeller

Published Online: 2 MAR 2009

DOI: 10.1002/9781444306040.ch1

Packaging Terrorism: Co-Opting the News for Politics and Profit

Packaging Terrorism: Co-Opting the News for Politics and Profit

How to Cite

Moeller, S. D. (2009) What is Terrorism?, in Packaging Terrorism: Co-Opting the News for Politics and Profit, Wiley-Blackwell, Oxford, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781444306040.ch1

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 2 MAR 2009
  2. Published Print: 5 DEC 2008

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9781405173667

Online ISBN: 9781444306040

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Keywords:

  • terrorism and what have we learned about terrorism;
  • The American experience - the agenda of “War on Terror”;
  • President George W. Bush's “War on Terror” - began on September 11, 2001;
  • The “War on Terror” - a response to the terrorists attacks of September 11;
  • Ur-policy connected 9/11 terrorists, weapons of mass destruction (WMD), Iraq, and other “Axis of Evil” countries;
  • words and Trojan Horses;
  • act of terror - a “crime” or an “act of war”?;
  • London Underground and bus bombings on July 7, 2005 - argument for terrorism as an “ideology”;
  • News Standards and why they matter;
  • National Counterterrorism Center (NCTC)

Summary

This chapter contains sections titled:

  • The American Experience: The Agenda of the “War on Terror”

  • Are You Ready?

  • Words and Trojan Horses

  • Political Correctness: Can I Use the Word “Terrorist?”

  • Why Do News Standards Matter?

  • So What is “Terrorism”?

  • What Have We Learned about Terrorism?