Dr. Matusitz (Ph.D., University of Oklahoma, 2006) is planning on giving a presentation on terrorism and communication on Friday, September 27 at 6:00 p.m. in the Health and Public Affairs building room 112.
Dr. Matusitz has an extensive history studying terrorism which stems from the events that took place on 9/11. He has authored the book “Terrorism and Communication” which is a 500-page, 16-chapter in depth look into terrorism, and he uses that book in his COM4416 class.
“9/11 was the catalyst, 9/11 basically changed my life. I did not have any relatives who died but basically I was deeply shocked and saddened by what happened,” Matusitz said in an interview with KnightNews.com.
The presentation will look to address issues such as how terrorists have created their own sort of branding using social noise, or how terrorist groups try to be attention grabbing.
“Every terrorist group has its own signature method. Al-Queda would use beheadings and suicide bombings, FARK in Colombia would use kidnapping and rapture, we call that a signature method because every terrorist group has a look and feel,” Matusitz said.
Finally, the presentation will end with Dr.Matusitz explaining Terrorism and New Media as well as the symbolism in terrorism. Dr. Matusitz explained that all of his presentations end with a question and answer session.
Check out the full video interview below: