Ever since the latest terrorists attacks in Paris–and especially since the mass shooting in San Bernardino–the American press, commercial and public, has completely replaced the acronym, “ISIS” or “ISIL”, with the name “Islamic State”.
This cannot be a coincidence–the sensationalistic American press is playing on Americans’ paranoia about terrorism to boost its ratings (i.e. to get more money).
And the greatest irony is that the American press is making ISIS more powerful by giving it so much attention.
What began as a small group of self-serving opportunists–in a power vacuum in Iraq created by George W. Bush–has become the first terrorist group to thrive almost exclusively on Digital-Age technology. If Digital-Age technology didn’t exist, ISIS would gain nothing by making videos of beheadings. If Digital-Age technology didn’t exist, ISIS would not be able to attract recruits from all over the world. And if Digital-Age technology didn’t exist, ISIS would not be able to get what it craves most from the press–especially the American press–attention.
The only way to defeat ISIS is to block its access to the Internet. This can be done by shutting the Internet down, worldwide–or by cyber warfare (specifically hackers’ strategically targeting ISIS’s Internet access system).
But it is not the “Islamic State”–because it is neither Islamic nor a state. And calling it that simply feeds into what it craves most from the world–awe.