(En)gendering Cyberterrorism in the UK News Media: A Discursive Analysis

Lee Jarvis

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This chapter explores how the UK news media represents – or constructs – the threat of cyberterrorism. Drawing on original empirical research, it argues that the news media relies upon a relatively coherent discursive framework in which a vulnerable, passive and weak ‘self’ is juxtaposed with a proactive, resourceful and determined cyber-terrorist other. The chapter then argues that this construction is reflective of the gendered character of this discourse more widely in which news media round cyberterrorism is overwhelmingly: written by male and gender-less authors; reliant upon male and gender-less experts; focused on the actions of male characters; and far more frequently illustrated by images of men, architecture and technology than it is by images of identifiably female characters.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationTerrorists' Use of the Internet
EditorsMaura Conway, Lee Jarvis, Orla Lehane, Stuart Macdonald, Lella Nouri
PublisherIOS Press
ISBN (Electronic)978-1-61499-765-8
ISBN (Print)978-1-61499-764-1
Publication statusPublished - 2017

Publication series

NameNATO Science for Peace and Security Series - E: Human and Societal Dynamics

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