Using an interdisciplinary perspective, this study provides a hyperlink and content analysis of 44 U.S. domestic and 40 Middle Eastern extremist groups' websites to analyze their use of computer-mediated communication (CMC) to support collective identity and mobilization. The findings contrast Middle Eastern extremist groups' use of the Internet to develop virtual communities and support their virtual command/control operations with the U.S. domestic groups' focus on communication and ideological indoctrination. Finally, the results suggest that the usages of CMC are underpinned by the geographical reach of extremist groups' campaign as well as their strategic goals, ideologies, needs, and political legitimacy, driving the various groups to use CMC in a distinctive manner.
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Research Article| July 17 2007
Internet-Savvy U.S. and Middle Eastern Extremist Groups
Edna Reid ;
Mobilization: An International Quarterly (2007) 12 (2): 177–192.
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Edna Reid, Hsinchen Chen; Internet-Savvy U.S. and Middle Eastern Extremist Groups. Mobilization: An International Quarterly 1 June 2007; 12 (2): 177–192. doi: https://doi.org/10.17813/maiq.12.2.l86p127t05362654
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