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

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Modern terrorists became aware of the new opportunities for 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
Title of host publicationThe Trauma of Terrorism
Subtitle of host publicationSharing Knowledge and Shared Care, An International Handbook
EditorsYael Danieli, Danny Brom, Jonas Waizer
PublisherTaylor and Francis
Number of pages12
ISBN (Electronic)9781136747052
StatePublished - 1 Jan 2005
Externally publishedYes

Bibliographical note

Publisher Copyright:
© 2005 by The Haworth Press, Inc. All rights reserved.


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

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Medicine
  • General Health Professions
  • General Social Sciences


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