Lena Frischlich, PhD (PropStop project), has co-authered a chapter comparing right-wing extremist and islamist propaganda in the new volume „Politischer Extremismus im Vergleich“ (Comparing Political Extremism), recently published by the Lit Verlag.
In “Far-right and islamist propaganda on the internet: methods, effects and prevention”, Josephine B. Schmitt, Julian Ernst, Lena Frischlich and Diana Rieger compare the online propaganda of far-right and islamist groups. They find that, while such propaganda is only one step of the radicalisation process, it nonetheless allows the organisations to disseminate their ideas into public discourse and thereby entrench pre-existing views.
Comparing the two approaches yields many similarities. Both are characterised by their high production value and common references to pop culture while at the same time advocating conspiracy theories and an “adventure-lifestyle”.
The common response strategies of deleting propagandist content, so-called ‘counter narratives’ or strengthening media literacy education are deemed insufficient, both as stand-alone measures and in conjunction with each other. Instead, the authors argue for a more holistic approach to prevent youth from radicalising, one which also takes their social environment into account.