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Jihad Jane is media catnip


If Joseph Stack had done exactly what he did for the same reason in 1996, the news coverage would have been massive and everyone in the world would know his name. But he did it in 2010, when he and his motives didn’t fit the popular narrative of what terrorism is.But Jihad Jane fit the frame. Better still, she was superficially different. Thus, her story confirmed our fundamental beliefs about what terrorism is while it simultaneously delivered a delightful sprinkle of novelty — catnip for the media. And that combination just happens to be a perfect formula for grabbing popular attention

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  1. 03/18/2010 at 10:54 pm

    It has been rather amusing to see the rather abrupt uptick in pieces on jihad jane and female terrorists…the Daily Beast: http://www.dailybeast.com has been particularly culpable I feel…

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