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Olena Shershnova
PhD in Public Administration
National University of Ostroh Academy
(Ostroh, Ukraine)

The article describes the concept of media terrorism in the foreign scientific discourse related to such sciences as media analysis, communication theory, media discourse analysis, psychology, philosophy, sociology, political science, international relations, and terrorism studies.

Particular attention is paid to the analysis of theoretical developments of such scientists as A. N. Awan, M. B. Altier, D. L. Altheide, C. Archetti, S. Atran, E. L. Briant, J. M. Berger, M. Bloom, G. Weimann, B. Hoffman, A. Dalgaard-Nielsen, B. M. Jenkins, J. der Derian, D. Kellner, M. Conway, S. Cottle, D. Kumar, A. Lankford, J. M. Metzl, B. Nakos, P. Seibe, B. J. Phillips, who studied the links between terrorism and the media. The papers analyze certain aspects of media involvement in the coverage and/or dissemination of terrorist ideas, including the role of women and the peculiarities of social media in spreading panic and terror, including in the post-truth context.

The conditions of the Russian-Ukrainian war compel researchers to pay attention to the use of media as a tool for spreading fear, panic, and disinformation among the public for the purpose of political and ideological manipulation. In recent years, there has been a constant development and emergence of new ideas and approaches to analyzing the interaction between media and terrorism, as well as the expansion of the potential of new communication platforms. Given this context, the research on media terrorism in the post-truth era becomes particularly relevant. The objective of this study is to characterize the concept of media terrorism in the post-truth era based on an analysis of recent foreign scientific sources and literature. The research object is media terrorism in the post-truth era. Through the use of general scientific methods such as analysis, synthesis, generalization, and systematization, as well as the descriptive method of analyzing foreign scientific discourse, an analysis of recent research and publications on this topic was conducted. The scientific novelty lies in the definition and consideration of the concept of «media terrorism» in the context of the post-truth era, which is of significant importance for understanding the relationship between media and terrorism in the contemporary social communication space.

The author concludes that further scientific research on the interconnections and interdependencies of media and terrorism is advisable.

Keywords: media, mass media, terrorism, post-truth, terrorist activity.

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