The Boston Game and the ISIS Match: Terrorism, Media, and Sport

Yair Galily, Moran Yarchi, Ilan Tamir, Tal Samuel-Azran

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The world is becoming largely interconnected. This notion has thought-provoking implications due to the fact that this interdependence affords terrorist organizations opportunities to perpetrate attacks. It is inevitable that an increased risk of terrorism, especially on the forefront of megasporting events, is on the rise due to the global publicity such attacks receive. This article focuses on the Boston Marathon Bombing and the Islamic State and illustrates how high-profile news coverage and coverage on social media (through user-generated content or “terrorist organization”–generated content) advance terrorist groups’ attempts to use large-scale sporting events to leverage their agenda and ideology.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1057-1067
Number of pages11
JournalAmerican Behavioral Scientist
Issue number9
StatePublished - 1 Aug 2016
Externally publishedYes


  • ISIS
  • Twitter
  • media
  • terror organization
  • terrorism

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Social Psychology
  • Cultural Studies
  • Education
  • Sociology and Political Science
  • General Social Sciences


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