I really love media stories like this one. Especially on account of quotes like this
"They have the desire to use their terrorist techniques to frighten us," Bush said in a speech on trade in which he did not directly mention the bombings. "They understand when they kill in cold blood it ends up on our TV screens. And they're trying to shake our will."
A surprising elocutor of the Death/Media philosophy's inherent truth. Killing does have an eerie way of ending up on television, as if we're all going to die someday or something. What I think is interesting is the effect the total predominance of violence in film, television, and video games (see the recent GTA "controversy") has on our (the average American's) perception of acts of terror. Theoretically, if the violence inherent to so much entertainment were more limitted, individual acts of terrorism would actually become more effective because more unique. As it is, terror, even for someone who knows several victims of terror, still has more in common with a Dolph Lundgren movie than it does with that person's actual experience, and that filter is certainly a powerful, and perhaps therapeutically useful (if the goal is to be indifferent to acts of terror) factor.