Inhibiting Imitative Terrorism Through Memetic Engineering

6 Pages Posted: 28 Oct 2003  

Richard J. Pech

La Trobe University - Faculty of Law and Management

Abstract

Some acts of terrorism are the consequence of an individual or group's imitation of an act of terrorism, which has previously been publicised through the media. Media reports of terrorism appear to be rising, feeding a potentially increasing number of imitative behaviours. Such reports may provide individuals who are frustrated, angry, suicidal and/or suffering from personality disorders with the means and the motivation to copy what is perceived to be a method of gaining attention or what is perceived to be an acceptable method of venting anger and frustration. Through memetic engineering, the interpretations that are placed upon acts of violence can be manipulated to appear undesirable to even the most unbalanced minds, which it is argued, should inhibit the spread of imitative terrorism.

Suggested Citation

Pech, Richard J., Inhibiting Imitative Terrorism Through Memetic Engineering. Journal of Contingencies and Crisis Management, Vol. 11, pp. 61-66, June 2003. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=416165

Richard J. Pech (Contact Author)

La Trobe University - Faculty of Law and Management ( email )

Graduate School of Management
Victoria 3552
Australia

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