Mobilizing Media: A Deep and Comparative Analysis of Magazines, Music, and Videos in the Context of Terrorism
Principal Investigator: Anthony Lemieux, Georgia State University
Co- Investigators: Carol Winkler, Jonathan Peslak, Akil Awan, Nellly Lahoud, Ben Miller, Jarret Brachman and Weeda Mehran.
Years of Award: 2015-2020
Managing Service Agency: Office of Naval Research
The proposal seeks to examine the diverse components of successful online propaganda by extremist groups of great relevance to national security. Specifically, we will focus on magazines, music, and videos due to their complementary functions and recirculation patterns as linked content across social media and other sharing platforms. We propose a deep analysis of the propaganda campaigns of Al Qaeda & AQAP (since 2004) and ISIL (since inception) and affiliated actors. Al Shabaab's media production will also serve as a point of comparison to build theory regarding particular groups and their media products.
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- Pieslak, Jonathan, Brian Pieslak, and Anthony Lemieux. 2018. “Trends of Anashid Usage in Da‘esh Video Messaging and Their Implications for Identifying Terrorist Audio and Video.” Studies in Conflict and Terrorism.
- Pieslak, Jonathan and Nelly Lahoud. 2018. “The Anashid of the Islamic State: Influence, History, Text, and Sound.” Studies in Conflict and Terrorism.
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- Winkler, Carol K., Kareem El Damanhoury, Aaron Dicker, and Anthony Lemieux. 2018. "Images of Death and Dying in ISIS Media: A Comparison of English and Arabic Print Publications.” Media Conflict and War.
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- Lahoud, Nelly and Jonathan Pieslak. 2018. “The Music of the Islamic State.” Survival 60, no.1, 153–168.
- Pieslak, Jonathan. 2017. "A Musicological Perspective on Jihadi Anashid" Chapter in Jihadi Culture, Thomas Hegghammer, ed., Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. pp. 63 - 81.
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