Applications of Content and NLP Techniques Analyses on Religious Internet Content

By Marina Shorer-Zeltser and Galit M. Ben-Israel (Fixler).

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Religious content has several characteristics that grant it an advantage in mobilization for terrorist actions including: (a) a-priori concurrence (rapport) from its readers; (b) building new universe of significance; and, (c) direct, impulsive and emotional connection with its audience. Additionally, the synchronization of messages and the detachment from physical reality intensify and magnify the effects of Internet religious discourse.
For that reason, religious content can become one of the strongest, cheapest, and the most effective tools for terrorists striving to enlarge their circle of supporters. This article presents methodological issues that should be considered when analyzing religious Internet content using content analysis techniques. We also consider the potential affect of religious Internet content through the lens of Neuro-Linguistic Programming (NLP) techniques.

Keywords: Neuro-Linguistic Programming (NLP), Islam, Religious Sites, Internet, Content Analysis, Terror, Mobilization, Religious Discourse, Sikhs, Jews, Content-analysis Methodology, Crawling Software

International Journal of Knowledge, Culture and Change Management, Volume 8, Issue 9, pp.13-26. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 585.129KB).

Dr. Marina Shorer-Zeltser

President of IDmap, Institute for Identity Research (IDmap), Tel Aviv, Israel

Dr. Marina Shorer-Zeltser is the Principal of the Institute of Identity Research (IDmap, www.idmap.net), which combines programs of Internet education and advanced Internet research in the field of Identity. Dr. Shorer-Zeltser gained experience in both fundamental and applied research of the Social Sciences. Her educational background includes Public Policy, International Economics, Political Sciences and Media studies. Her publications cover a wide range of Social Sciences fields as Voting Methods, Internet communities, Political Economy, Identity Politics and qualitative and quantitative textual analysis. She lectures on International Relations, Political Economy, Internet analysis and Identity politics.

Dr. Galit M. Ben-Israel (Fixler)

Researcher and Lecturer, Institute for Identity Research in Media and Politics (IDmap), The Department of Politics and Government, Institute for Identity Research (IDmap), Holon, Israel

Dr. Galit Ben-Israel is the Head of the Project of Identity, Terror and CyberSpace, in the Institute of Identity Research (IDmap, www.idmap.net). Her research field covers themes of: Global Terror, Ethnicity, Diaspora and Internet Networks. Dr. Galit Ben-Israel is also a Lecturer at Ben Gurion University, Department of Politics and Government where she teaches courses of: World Politics and Globalization; Muslim Terror on the Digital Era and the Internet; Virutal Communities and Cyber-Terrorism.

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