TV And Terror: How The Medium Plays Into Terrorist Strategy

by Ezra Buckley on November 13, 2017

The terrorist attack in New York last week hit close to home. My 11-year-old grandson sometimes rides the bike I gave him on that very bike path. You can see why I became glued to the TV.

Following the initial wave of feeling — of relief upon hearing my grandson was safe, of anguish for the victims and their families — my binge on the TV coverage got me thinking. This is just what they want me to be doing: Dwelling on the damage a single terrorist can do — becoming terrorized. And TV is the perfect means to that end.

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