Although the beheading videos released by ISIS are barbaric at best, The New York Times' David Carr looks at their extensive production quality. The carefully crafted videos are professionally edited in order to deliver their chilling message on social media to as many people as possible.
“It is an interesting aesthetic choice not to show the actual beheading,” Alex Gibney, a documentary filmmaker, said. “I can’t be sure, but they seemed to dial it back just enough so that it would get passed around. In a way, it makes it all the more chilling, that it was so carefully stage-managed and edited to achieve the maximum impact.”
The act is shocking regardless of the context. Remember near the end of Season 1 of “Game of Thrones,” when Eddard Stark, a main character, was poised to lose his head? We expected an arrow to come in from stage right to save him, but it did not and the blade fell swiftly. The audacity of the scene was something people talked about for weeks afterward, and the show’s unflinching violence has been a core element of its escalating popularity.
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From the ISIS-controlled city of Manbij, Syria, Umm Ubaydah gives advice to those considering making the crossing: what to pack, what to expect, and how to avoid detection on their way to joining the hundreds of Westerners now fighting on behalf of the Islamic state. ISIS propaganda and hopes about becoming a martyr are punctuated with teen internet slang — "#lol," "tbh" — and emoji. She writes about being a wife and aspiring to become a mother, and bringing up the next generation of mujahids, or jihadis.
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