The Pornography of Jihadism

Cottee, Simon (2014) The Pornography of Jihadism. The Atlantic, . ISSN 1072-7825. (The full text of this publication is not currently available from this repository. You may be able to access a copy if URLs are provided)

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Abstract

Like Palestinian martyrdom videos, gonzo “shorts” are in a sense celebratory, but the object of celebration isn’t a human life and its passage into paradise; it is a human death or several human deaths. There is an overtly sadistic element to these videos, a glorifying of destruction for its own sake. In some, you can hear the enraptured voice of the faceless cameraman, much like in point-of-view gonzo porn movies before and after the finale. These videos are designed to inspire both jihadist foot-soldiers and potential recruits. Much like porn, they also appear tailored to a mass audience with a limited attention span.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: H Social Sciences
H Social Sciences > HN Social history and conditions. Social problems. Social reform
Divisions: Faculties > Social Sciences > School of Social Policy Sociology and Social Research
Depositing User: N. Gregory
Date Deposited: 15 Oct 2014 12:01 UTC
Last Modified: 12 May 2016 13:48 UTC
Resource URI: https://kar.kent.ac.uk/id/eprint/43413 (The current URI for this page, for reference purposes)
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