The Rip Tide

Christopher Bail

in Terrified

Published by Princeton University Press

Published in print December 2014 | ISBN: 9780691159423
Published online October 2017 | e-ISBN: 9781400852628
The Rip Tide

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This chapter explains why the impassioned warnings of anti-Muslim fringe organizations overshadowed the dispassionate condemnations of terrorism produced by mainstream organizations with superior financial and social resources after the September 11 attacks. Moreover, it explains how the rise of anti-Muslim fringe organizations within the mass media provoked angry responses from mainstream organizations that only called further attention to these once-obscure actors within the American public sphere. Finally, the chapter explains how consternation about whether and how to respond to the continued rise of the fringe created tension and splintering within the mainstream, and thus further opportunity for fringe organizations to advance their peripheral cultural messages within the media.

Keywords: anti-Muslim; fringe organizations; civil society organizations; Islam; September 11; terrorism

Chapter.  3885 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Society and Culture

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