Trigger warning: This project contains violent images and other content that may be disturbing.
Since September 11, 2001 and more recently with the rise of Islamic State, the mass media spectacle of terrorism has become a dominant factor in global militarism, international human rights legislation, laws governing individual rights and state security, and foreign policy all over the world. Today, terrorism happens in mass media – the symbolic power of the media event of terrorism is in many ways more impactful than the actual destruction of buildings and people by terrorist means.
This collaborative online project archives and interrogates contemporary Canadian mass media representations of terrorism and “the terrorist other” in a range of different types and sources of Canadian journalistic media—from television news, to newspapers, web based news podcasts, and news magazines—in order to understand better how and why these representations are such powerful influences on Canadian audiences, government policy, and on the proliferation of terrorism and militarism across the globe. The project archives examples of Canadian journalistic media articles, publications, images and videos which depict or report on terrorism and “the terrorist other.” The project also archives scholarly materials and features special topics pages related to Canadian journalistic representations of terrorism. These materials are being made accessible through the Terrorizing Media in Canada collaborative research website with the aim of both facilitating and adding to critical research on discursive trends in post-9/11 media. The project’s guiding research question: How do we understand intermedial post-9/11 discourse, indicated by patterns in Canadian journalistic media depictions of terrorism and stereotypes of “the terrorist other,” as employed by both terrorists and counter terrorists? What elements are common to both groups, where do they diverge and how can analysis of the discursive rhetoric of terror inform our grasp of terrorism?
Director: Dr. Don Moore
Project Manager: Ryley Liddle