Aftermath of the Terrorist Attacks in Norway

The article, "One racist's murderous marketing exercise?" ("Mejor conocer cómo piensa el asesino") originally published by the Spanish newspaper, El Pais, on 28 July 2011 discussed the aftermath of the deadly twin terrorist attacks that occurred in Norway. In the article, Associate Professor Katrine Fangen (Norwegian Research Team) and Professor Carles Feixa (Spanish research team) were both asked to comment on the possible societal effects, particularly on young people, of the tragic events that were carried out by Anders Behring Breivik.

Fangen argued that it is unlikely that this act will have an imitation effect, since this is far beyond what even the most extremist anti-Islamists stand for (which is also highlighed by their main reactions thus far). From what she has observed from the public response and discussions on blogs she believes that the attacks have had the opposite reaction from what they intended, where instead values promoting tolerance and democracy are being circulated. It is clear that Breivik’s intentions when designing his vicious acts were to seek publicity for his extreme ideas. Feixa notes that one way to prevent possible imitation attacks by young people is to ensure that this type of violence is not made to appear attractive to them.

By T. Sarin
Published Aug. 5, 2011 1:49 PM - Last modified Aug. 10, 2011 11:16 AM