Obayi, Paul Martins and Chima, Onyebuchi Alexander and Anorue, Uchenna (2017) A DISCURSIVE ANALYSIS OF MEDIA TERRORISM IN A MULTICULTURAL ENVIRONMENT. IMSU Journal of Communication Studies., 1. pp. 57-73. ISSN 2536-6289

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This study argues that the media in recent times “use fear of real or fancied events, to intimidate or coerce the masses to act; generally to consume and take away people’s ability to think for themselves” (Media Terrorism, 2011, para 3), adding that, the list of fears grows exponentially as each individual articulates the things he/she dreads which may include; change, financial insecurity, other people (militants/boko haram), big businesses, wasting time, uncertainty (the unknown), and more. It maintains that these fears are a learned behaviour and that people are not born with an instinctive of any of these. The question is; from where did they come? The study, therefore, explores how our media-driven society has shaped and misshaped our values, causing considerable harm at the same time. Using the model of media/terror relationship and communitarian theory, the study was able to establish a theoretical foundation. The study adopted the survey method with questionnaire serving as instrument of data collection. It was revealed that the media messages received by the people really create fear and a change of personal values. The study, therefore, recommends that the media should change the style of reporting issues of terrorism by adopting other forms of soft reporting as against the straight news report format.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
Divisions: Faculty of Management and Social Sciences
Depositing User: mrs chioma hannah
Date Deposited: 29 Sep 2019 12:57
Last Modified: 29 Sep 2019 12:57
URI: http://eprints.gouni.edu.ng/id/eprint/2206

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