George Protopapas contributed a paper with title “The Media and Terrorism: The case of Greece” in Managing the Consequences of Terrorists Acts – Efficiency and Coordination Challenges, edit by D. Caleta, Paul Shemella, , Ljubljana: November 2012, Institute for Corporative Security Studies (ICS) and Center for Civil Military Relations Naval Postgraduate School Monterey, USA .
The mass media use the power of communication to influence the public opinion in order to affect political and social affairs. The terrorist uses the attacks to attract the public attention. The correlating element between these two actors is the attraction of the public attention. Albeit the absolute distance of strategy and goals a certaindegree of interdependence is directly developed between the two; should certain conditions be fulfilled we can talk either about a kind of mutual interdependence or even symbiotic relation. The media decide how they will cover the terroris attacks (raises or downplays) and the terrorists choose magnitude attacks to gain the media’s attention. The evolution of Information Technology (IT) hugely strengthened the capability of media, opening the road for their transformation to the mass media and for the creation of internet and social media. The vital news, incident and terrorists attacks rapidly disseminate to the million populations in the world
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