Is ISIS’s Social-Media Power Exaggerated?

by Rachel Baker on February 23, 2015

I was going to post this over at The Local News but I don’t really think its news. I think the implications in the article are well-worth pondering, and I think there’s probably a bit of importance to considering whether or not the perceived ISIS social media juggernaut is as sophisticated as what the news purports.

Here’s the Article: Is ISIS’s Social-Media Power Exaggerated?

The remarks reflected what’s become something of a truism as the media routinely reports on ISIS’s “slick” propaganda apparatus, Western recruits becoming radicalized through social media, and the U.S. government’s sluggishness—or outright ineptitude—in fighting back on the Internet. The State Department has a Center for Strategic Counterterrorism Communications with a team dedicated to countering “terrorist propaganda and misinformation about the United States across a wide variety of interactive digital environments,” which, it admits on the department’s website, “had previously been ceded to extremists.” That office, as The New York Times recently reported, is slated for expansion. The online information war was a focus of last week’s summit.

But what if ISIS’s much-hyped social-media juggernaut isn’t as important as all of these measures suggest?

This article was written by: Rachel Baker – Click to follow on Twitter; or you can follow her at The Crafty Veteran on Bloglovin

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