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Contributor PerspectivesNov 8, 2017 | 10:12 GMT
TV can capture the blood, gore and mayhem of a terrorist attack far better than print or audio can, for better or for worse.
TV and Terror: How the Medium Plays Into Terrorist Strategy
The terrorist attack in New York last week hit close to home. My 11-year-old grandson sometimes rides the bike I gave him on that very bike path. You can see why I became glued to the TV. Following the initial wave of feeling -- of relief upon hearing my grandson was safe, of anguish for the victims and their families -- my binge on the TV coverage got me thinking. This is just what they want me to be doing: Dwelling on the damage a single terrorist can do -- becoming terrorized. And TV is the perfect means to that end.
Contributor PerspectivesOct 11, 2017 | 09:30 GMT
Thanks to personalization, marketers and customers can find each other more easily.
Fake News in the Age of Facebook
Thanks to personalization, marketers and customers can find each other more easily. But what is good for the marketplace and the consumer is not necessarily good for the polity and its citizens.
Contributor PerspectivesApr 12, 2017 | 08:45 GMT
Sizing up the Global Village
Sizing Up the Global Village
In the 1960s, technology futurist Marshall McLuhan rose to fame with a seemingly simple catchphrase: "The medium is the message." With the integration of television, computers and databases, he argued, communication technologies have taken on a meaning of their own that extends beyond the mere content of the information they deliver to customers. The ability of these technologies to instantaneously connect people across the globe, tearing down the physical barriers of time and place, likewise inspired McLuhan to dub the digital world a "global village." But in many ways, what modern media users experience online today is a far cry from living in a global village. Children can't safely roam the internet without supervision; adults can't surf the web without risking their identifying details, or being inundated with messages, ads and news items optimized for companies' commercial gain; users can't participate in trendy forums without expecting to get in an online
AnalystJul 10, 2015 | 18:50 GMT
Jacob Shapiro

Jacob L. Shapiro is a geopolitical analyst at Stratfor that has been with the company for five years. In addition to writing frequently for Stratfor on political, economic and security trends in the Middle East, Mr. Shapiro maintains broad interests not only in global geopolitics but also in intellectual history, philosophy and religion.

Mr. Shapiro holds a bachelor's degree with distinction from Cornell University in Near Eastern Studies. During a recent two-year hiatus from Stratfor, he earned a master's degree with distinction from the University of Oxford in Jewish Studies and was an Education Fellow at Mechon Hadar in New York City. For his dissertation on Leo Strauss, Abraham Joshua Heschel and Maimonides, Mr. Shapiro was awarded the Oxford Centre for Hebrew and Jewish Studies' David Patterson award. Mr. Shapiro has appeared on MSNBC, CNN and NPR as a featured contributor, and his writing has appeared in various newspapers and magazines in addition to Stratfor.
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