Weimann, G. (2008). The Psychology of Mass-Mediated Terrorism. American Behavioral Scientist, 52(1), 69-86.

There were between 1998 and 2007 thousands of websites, online forums and chat rooms in use by terrorists and their sympathizers. Internet has become the world’s leading communication tool for Al Qaeda. Communication via the Internet is relatively safe, cheap, easy and anonymous. Al-Qaeda attempts to use the Internet three audiences to approach potential supporters, international society and enemies. The emphasis in the article by Weimann (2006) given to the “theater of terror perspective” and the theory of selective moral disengagement. The “theater of terror perspective” implies that modern terrorism is attempting, through arranged messages, most media coverage available. The theory of selective moral disengagement is an analytical tool to investigate the terrorist rhetoric.