Trigger warning: This project contains violent images and other content that may be disturbing.

 

Since September 11, 2001, the global 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 the foreign and domestic policies of nations all over the world. It has also contributed to racist attitudes, religious-centered bigotry (such as Islamophobia), radicalization, misogynist violence, and widespread misunderstanding between peoples and cultures globally. Today, terrorism happens in mass media – indeed, the symbolic violence of the media event of terrorism is, in many ways, far more powerful and impactful than the actual physical violence done to buildings and people during so-called terrorist attacks.

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 media, such as Canadian journalism, cinema, television, radio, video games, social media, theatre, literature, and media art. The aim of the project is to improve media literacy about representations of terrorism and terrorists in Canadian media, and to encourage a better understanding of why these images and messages are such powerful influences on Canadian audiences, government policy, and on the proliferation of terrorism and militarism across the globe.  Other aims of the project are to feature scholarly activity on these topics, and to foster and encourage community outreach, engagement, and education, particularly in regards to the complex and often contradictory ways in which the issues of radicalization, Islamophobia, neo-colonialism, cultural stereotyping, and misogynist violence are imbricated with, and often misrepresented within, contemporary Canadian mass media depictions of terrorism and "the terrorist other."

If you have any questions or comments about the project, or if you are interested in contributing to it in some way, please email us at terrorizingmedia@gmail.com.

Director:  Dr. Don Moore

Project Manager: Megan Hutchison