9th Reading Forum

Terrorism and Fear Article Response Forum

Please post your response as a reply to this discussion. Your reply should be posted by class time on Thursday, April 21.

Below are the prompts to guide your response:

On a daily basis, how much do you fear a terrorist act?

What role does the media play in making us fearful?

The article details how our fear affects our brain and even our body, using the fear of terrorism as a specific example. Apply this response to another fear, one perhaps more prevalent in your life.

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1) A direct quotation from the article to support one of your answers, and

2) A direct reference to someone else's response, either in agreement or disagreement.

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  • Terrorists only give me trouble and fear a few days after their acts. Soon after the news stops reporting on it, then everyone stops caring about the issue, until it happens again and all the same controversy that was lost come flying right back again. It’s not just with terrorism though. Any big issue that happens is completely forgotten days after the incident. Many of the people in the responses say that just because it won’t happen in Carroll, we shouldn’t be scared. I believe this to be a selfish thought. Of course, I don’t fear for myself and my family, but instead for the millions of people in more populated areas, that never know when it may happen, if it ever will. We should not truly fear them, as the article states, “It rewards them with more recruits. And it feeds their ultimate goal: to try to get people to give up."

    The media love to be the first to report on something, and want more people to click on their headlines, so they always over-exaggerate about the issues, and sometimes will add false information. This is because more pageview=more ads shown=more money. Again, this is not exclusive with terrorism. Clickbait has become a large part of anger on the internet, but nothing is being done to stop it from happening. The least we can do is to avoid it, but that’s not speaking for the numerous old people that don’t know any better, or kids that also don’t know any better.

    I’m afraid of being left behind. I’m scared of people going, I’m scared of having to grow up, having to be away from my family. I don’t want to do that, because anything could happen while I’m gone, and I don’t want to feel like I couldn’t do anything about it.
  • I don't fear terrorism on a daily basis because of where I'm living right now which is Carroll, Iowa. If a terrorist attack happened it would most like happen to a bigger populated area like Los Angeles. I agree with what Isaiah said that "the media may say stuff that isn't quit true". The media plays a big role in creating panic, without the social media terrorist wouldn't be able to upload their mass executions and murder. As soon as people see these massive beheadings there is more panic and that's exactly what terrorist want. As Holand said in the article, "people are hard wired to respond to danger" makes me wonder how often if we would respond to danger every time there is a terrorist attack. But if we responded to danger in constant fear we might start developing a disorder after so long. That's why i think we shouldn't always be in constant fear when there's a terrorist attack
  • On a daily basis I don't think about a terrorist attack. Like Megan said "When a terrorist attack happens it makes me think about it." I would have to say I agree. It's sad but true. I think that we should think about it more often we just don't. Media makes us think about what's happening to others around us. It makes us more aware and sometimes all of the facts can scare some people. The article says "Terrorist groups live in constant fear of being seen as irrelevant or outdated" I think that has a huge factor in it
  • I don’t ever worry about a terrorist attack because I’m more worried about my family and if I’m ever going to see my family again. It makes us worry about if we’re going to die today or if we are going to survive something really tragic, like a terrorist attack, and our body makes us get all hyped up with fear-filled energy. Like for me a fear of clowns, whenever I see a clown I run or I hide behind my friends or family. Because my body knows I’m scared and I get butterflies in my stomach, I don’t normally get nervous, I get scared more. I don’t have a nervous feeling in my body like when they said “We hear a scream and instantly, without conscious thought, our autonomic nervous system sends a signal from our senses to the fear center of the brain, the amygdala.”

    I agree with Brittany, media does make us more scared of what is going to happen in the future or that is just happening, but not everyone can use social media or they don’t believe that it’s going to happen. That’s the whole point, is not to worry only be prepared for what is going to happen or that might happen.
  • On a daily bases I am not scared at all about terrorist act. I honestly don't think some country would be dumb enough to bomb the top country of the world. I know it has happened in the past but I don't think itll happen again.
    It's more thinking about the past. The past is what gets our nerves going about terrorism. Medi does have some kind of effect on our fear on terrorism. There are pictures of other countries and jokes about terrorist attacks.
    Another fear other than terrorism is the fear of dieing. Ive been close a few times. Not a good experience.
    "People are hard-wired to respond to danger" This is a true statement because some people react to their fear in the most weird way.
    I agree with Jon when he explains that CNN and big news companies exaggerate terrorism a little to much which triggers fear.
  • My fear of terrorism is minimal because I don’t really think of terrorism daily. Sometimes I have a fear of a terrorist coming in the school and killing everyone. I used to have a fear of heights because I fell off of a roof when I was younger and almost broke my arm. I got over the fear when I started to climb on roofs and sit there for a few hours. It took some time to getting used to my fear of heights again.

    “Women and children aren’t supposed to killers.” I agree with Mr. Polking that the fear response that the article details can also be seen with bullying. The kids that are bullied can’t take the meanness of the bully and ends up killing them self or killing other people.
  • I don't really fear a terrorist act at all because it is unlikely to happen here it can still happen but not really here. Terrorist acts are bad but I fell if I lived in a big city like New York or LA I would fear it more because that is where most terrorist acts have taken place. The only time I really think out a terrorist act is when I see it on social media or I hear it from someone.But it is crazy to think that children are even do terrorist acts. "Women and children aren't supposed to be killers, said Dr. Eric Hollander."

    I think that social media makes us a lot more fearful.But for me in I don't think that the media makes me fearful but some people tend to spread lies about the terrorist acts or about other stuff witch makes us scared. That is why so people always say don't believe everything you see on the internet.

    My fear is of sharks so every time i'm in the ocean and I go out to far I start to panic because my mind thinks that there is going to be a shark and that i'm going to get attacked like with terrorism when people see Muslims they might start freaking out in there head think that there might be a terrorism attack.

    I agree with Brittany and how she said that bullying is as extreme as terrorism but it is basically the same thing.
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    • I think that your right because, the media only spreads the news and informs more people. Also how you can look at anything on the internet and sometimes its on social media, it only spreads the fear. The more people want to know, the more they spread the information to others and then it just spreads all of the internet and news.
  • I don't really think about terrorism in my daily life, because it doesn't really affect me, in my life or mind. I read about terrorism a lot, so it does cross my mind ever now and then. The media plays the second biggest role in the fear of terrorism, they spread it. The news on TV is a TV station and needs ratings and views, so what brings a lot of people to listen, death of a large amount of people. I haven't really had a huge scare in my life that compare to getting hit by shrapnel or severe burns. Its true that "More attacks heighten the psychological terror", such as 9/11, it shook the inter country and that was just to airliners, but now since people can't hijack an more planes they bomb places and shoot up other places. All in all terrorism isn't as big as wars and missile threats, I think more about Korea, then I do about terrorism.
  • If I’m being completely honest, I don’t think about terrorist acts at all. On a daily basis, terrorist acts don’t cross my mind once. Unless something to do with terrorism comes across my feed/dash on social media or on the news, I don’t think about it at all. And still, that is not very often. Even when I see terrorist acts, or think about them, I don’t really fear them. It’s hard to imagine a terrorist act happening in America. As said in the article, “Terrorist groups live in constant fear of being seen as irrelevant or outdated.” In a way, I think that this is sort of happening in America. Since we’ve been mostly unaffected directly, we don’t fear terrorism as much as someone who lives in an area where a terrorist attack just happened, or happens regularly. How much we think/fear terrorist acts depends on where we live, in my opinion.

    I feel like the media makes us even more terrified of terrorism. A lot of social media sites have a tendancy to blast things out of proportion. Terrorism is still bad, and the attacks are still horrific, but when you add those elements to a social media site along with a scary caption, things blow up out of control. However, I think that media can make us fearful, but at the same time it’s making us more aware. In the Paris attacks, social media came together in a sort of way to help support Parisians. From the posts specially made to the temporary Facebook filter, we showed the support all around the world. I think that helped, a little, in diminishing that online fear of terrorism.

    I agree with what you said about how students being bullied have a similar response to the one in the article. Although bullying isn’t as extreme as terrorism, it’s still basically the same thing. A person or group is purposely inflicting pain on someone else. The way you explain it, saying that it could be a reason why they don’t want to come to school, puts it in a different perspective that I think a lot of people don’t ever see.
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