May 6, 2011

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Friday, May 06, 2011

Bin Laden exits the scene

Should the White House Release a Photo?

Since Obama announced Osama Bin Laden's death last Sunday, reporters have besieged the White House for more information on the operation's details, including photos of the corpse. The administration mulled whether to release the photos, ultimately deciding not to. The New Yorker's Philip Gourevitch and The American Prospect's Paul Waldman ...

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Reaction to Bin Laden Death on Jihadi Websites

Voices of jubilation were heard all across the American media this week following the news of Osama bin Laden’s death. But one voice not likely to be heard in the mainstream media was that of Al Qaeda supporters, who reacted to the news in online forums. Aaron Zelin runs the ...

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Al Qaeda Caught on Tape

For years, UC Davis religious studies professor Flagg Miller has been translating and transcribing hundreds of audio cassette tapes that were found in Osama bin Laden’s compound shortly after the U.S. invaded Afghanistan. Last year we spoke to Miller, who said that many of the more than 200 voices on ...

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Bin Laden in Culture

Osama bin Laden has made an appearance over the years in popular culture, from television shows to advertising to conspiracy theories. Brooke looks at how the various depictions of bin Laden represent both our dreams and our nightmares.

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The Gamification of Jihad

The concept of "gamification," adding a gaming component to a non-traditional medium, has become a staple of the advertising world, known for creating brand loyalty and encouraging consumer engagement. Security consultant Alix Levine says that jihadist websites and forums are starting to employ gamification in the hopes of encouraging participation ...

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Global Media Wars

In March, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said the U.S. is on the losing side of a global information war, pointing out the successes of state funded international news networks like Al Jazeera. A group of Columbia University students monitored five English language news networks aimed at an international audience ...

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50th Anniversary of Wasteland Speech

Fifty years ago, speaking to the National Association of Broadcasters, FCC Chairman Newton Minow called television a "vast wasteland." It was one of the most celebrated speeches ever delivered. WNYC’s Sara Fishko looks back at the seminal address.

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