Use of Media, Including New Media, by Extremists

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Submitted by
Iqra Saleem
MA-1 Mass Communication
International Communication

Mid Term
Use of media, including new media, by extremists - Muslims, Hindus, Jews, Christian– to impose their agenda on a nation-state

Submitted to
Dr. Taimur-ul-Hassan

Introduction and background:
Media has always been a favorite tool for extremists for setting their agenda and imposing their ideologies. They cannot capture the main stream media so in the early ages they use other mediums i.e. publish their own magazines, booklets and pamphlets or use radio frequencies for propagating their agenda. In the recent globalized world where communication and sending one’s message is the easiest and cheapest, internet has become the main tool of extremists. They set their web sites, use social networks and blogs etc. Religious fundamentalism is present in all religions and all parts of the world. The fundamentalists or extremists believe that the religious thoughts and ideologies must be practices exactly they used to be practiced in the old times and they want others to do the same and if others do not agree then the extremists approach says that they should be imposed forcefully. All the religions including Muslims, Hindus, Jews and Christian have fundamentalist groups and they keep on interrupting with their target audience. New media usage:

Violent extremists persuade others to adopt their views. In their messaging to supporters and audiences, extremists use simplistic analysis and offer violent solutions to problems that extent a range of complex social, economic and political issues at both a local and global level. The internet gives power and allows extremists to find others to agree with them. This can lead to mutual support of beliefs and corroboration of a world view that is otherwise hard to sustain. Forums that promote a radical philosophy however, often contain many different ideological strands. Audiences often approach forums in a state of confusion...
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