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ISIS PropagandaA Full-Spectrum Extremist Message$
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Stephane J. Baele, Katharine A. Boyd, and Travis G. Coan

Print publication date: 2020

Print ISBN-13: 9780190932459

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: December 2019

DOI: 10.1093/oso/9780190932459.001.0001

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Terrorist Propaganda After the Islamic State

Terrorist Propaganda After the Islamic State

Learning, Emulation, and Imitation

(p.242) 8 Terrorist Propaganda After the Islamic State
ISIS Propaganda

Paul Gill

Kurt Braddock

Sanaz Zolghadriha

Bettina Rottweiler

Lily D. Cushenbery

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Tactical and technological innovations of one terrorist group often cross-pollinate into other groups with wildly different ideologies and from geographically diverse combat theaters. The aim of this chapter is thus to examine the potential imitation/emulation dynamics that extremist groups (both jihadist and other) might enter following the “success” of the propaganda produced by the Islamic State (IS). The chapter looks at two aspects of this problem: first, to what extent did IS innovate or imitate while producing its propaganda, and, second, how likely is it that IS’s propaganda will constitute a source of imitation for today’s and tomorrow’s violent groups? Drawing on what organizational psychology, business management, communications science, and terrorism studies say regarding creativity and innovation, the chapter highlights the drivers of IS’s innovation and thereby considers the likelihood of their being replicated elsewhere.

Keywords:   Islamic State propaganda, innovation, imitation, extremist groups, ideologies

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