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Sat Nov 29, 2014, 10:27 AM

 

WTF ? WTF ?....Support for Isis stronger in Arabic social media in Europe than in Syria

Support for Islamic State (Isis) among Arabic-speaking social media users in Belgium, Britain, France and the US is greater than in the militant group’s heartlands of Syria and Iraq, a global analysis of over 2m Arabic-language online posts has found.

In what is understood to be the first rigorous mass analysis of those for and against the world’s largest jihadist organisation, Italian academics found that in a three-and-a-half month period starting in July, content posted by Arabic-speaking Europeans on Twitter and Facebook was more favourable to Isis than content posted in those countries on the frontline of the conflict.

In Syria, Isis appears to be dramatically losing the battle for hearts and minds with more than 92% of tweets, blogs and forum comments hostile to the militants who have rampaged through the east of the country and western Iraq, seizing large tracts of territory and declaring the establishment of a religious state.

The jihadist militants are known for operating a slick propaganda machine – managing online distribution in order to successfully evade content controls, piggybacking popular online conversations and galvanising thousands of global supporters into spreading their message.


http://www.theguardian.com/world/2014/nov/28/support-isis-stronger-arabic-social-media-europe-us-than-syria

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Reply WTF ? WTF ?....Support for Isis stronger in Arabic social media in Europe than in Syria (Original post)
Rhinodawg Nov 2014 OP
Rhinodawg Nov 2014 #1
CJCRANE Nov 2014 #2
Fred Sanders Nov 2014 #8
99Forever Nov 2014 #3
geek tragedy Nov 2014 #4
WhiteTara Nov 2014 #5
dembotoz Nov 2014 #6
devils chaplain Nov 2014 #7
Fred Sanders Nov 2014 #9
Denzil_DC Nov 2014 #15
Dr. Strange Nov 2014 #17
LeftyMom Nov 2014 #10
msongs Nov 2014 #11
Comrade Grumpy Nov 2014 #12
Comrade Grumpy Nov 2014 #13
Blue_Tires Nov 2014 #14
kelliekat44 Nov 2014 #16

Response to Rhinodawg (Original post)

Sat Nov 29, 2014, 10:30 AM

1. Maybe ...maybe....I don't know what to think.

 

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Response to Rhinodawg (Original post)

Sat Nov 29, 2014, 10:55 AM

2. That makes sense as most of the Syrian rebels are foreigners.

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Response to CJCRANE (Reply #2)

Sat Nov 29, 2014, 01:01 PM

8. Shhhhhh...they are "Syrian rebels", that is the official line in the West. Look away from Saudi...

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Response to Rhinodawg (Original post)

Sat Nov 29, 2014, 11:00 AM

3. Don't care.

At all.

Stopped being afraid of the boogieman decades ago.

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Response to Rhinodawg (Original post)

Sat Nov 29, 2014, 11:00 AM

4. Syria is also a police state where the government

 

will torture and kill school children for opposing it.

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Response to Rhinodawg (Original post)

Sat Nov 29, 2014, 11:40 AM

5. Long distance arm chair generals? nt

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Response to Rhinodawg (Original post)

Sat Nov 29, 2014, 11:45 AM

6. chickenhawks come in different varieties

always easier to talk big when you do not have to pick up a weapon and prove it.

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Response to Rhinodawg (Original post)

Sat Nov 29, 2014, 11:49 AM

7. Because they don't have to live under them...

And the hypocrites choose to live under liberal democracies.

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Response to devils chaplain (Reply #7)

Sat Nov 29, 2014, 01:02 PM

9. Yes. What is with all the "WTF's"?

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Response to devils chaplain (Reply #7)

Sat Nov 29, 2014, 06:31 PM

15. That's my take, too.

It got to be at least part of the story. Some have returned from having joined IS disgusted at the reality and barbarity.

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Response to devils chaplain (Reply #7)

Sat Nov 29, 2014, 07:57 PM

17. Bingo!

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Response to Rhinodawg (Original post)

Sat Nov 29, 2014, 01:24 PM

10. How much time do people in a warzone spend dicking around on FB?

This is stupid but I guess stupid people will find it persuasive.

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Response to Rhinodawg (Original post)

Sat Nov 29, 2014, 01:26 PM

11. refer to all those people wearing che guevara shirts - a psycopathic killer made celebrity nt

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Response to msongs (Reply #11)

Sat Nov 29, 2014, 01:32 PM

12. Obama has certainly killed way more people than Che ever did, but do go on.

 

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Response to Rhinodawg (Original post)

Sat Nov 29, 2014, 01:37 PM

13. The closer you get to ISIS, the less thrilling it looks?

 

It's probably easier to romanticize ISIS from afar and dream about doing cool stuff like fighting wars.

I think ISIS fills a gap for the alienated youth in Europe. The same guys who join ISIS now might have become communist revolutionaries in a different era, or ultra-nationalists. I suspect it is less the content of the message than the prospect for action, "meaningful, significant" action.

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Response to Rhinodawg (Original post)

Sat Nov 29, 2014, 03:57 PM

14. Why the WTF?

It's very easy to make a rosy picture and cover up what ISIS life is *really* like for gullible teens who live a thousand miles away...

Check out a couple of accounts from the "I ran off to join ISIS and it was nothing like they promised me" -stories...There is a very real reason why the late teens/early 20s is such a fertile recruiting ground on social media (especially if those young people are out of work, disillusioned, no future, no life, etc...)

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Response to Rhinodawg (Original post)

Sat Nov 29, 2014, 07:18 PM

16. Probably because they have seen the western democracies close up? nt

 

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