The theater of terror: The psychology of terrorism and the mass media

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Modern terrorists became aware of the new opportunities lor exerting mass psychological impact using the latest means of mass communications. Academic observers remarked increasingly on the theater-like nature of terrorist operations. According to this notion, modern terrorism can be understood in terms of the production requirements of theatrical engagements. Several terrorist organizations realized the potentials of media-oriented terror, in terms of effectively reaching huge audiences. This article examines the strategies and tactics of this new pattern of media-oriented terrorism and their impact on the audiences who, through the media's mediation, join the widening circles of victims of terrorism.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)379-390
Number of pages12
JournalJournal of Aggression, Maltreatment and Trauma
Issue number3-4
StatePublished - 2004
Externally publishedYes


  • Internet
  • Media
  • Propaganda
  • Psychology
  • Suicide
  • Terrorism

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Health Professions (miscellaneous)
  • Clinical Psychology
  • Psychiatry and Mental health


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