Using Berger’s book Extremism and at least two scholarly articles, write an essay that explains what extremism is and that addresses an aspect of extremism and what we can do about it. You must discuss at least one extremist movement or organization, but you may discuss more. You should also use supplementary material, such as news articles.
Sample Topic Approaches: J. M. Berger states, “Extremism constantly evolves to meet the times, whether by adopting new technologies to spread their ideologies or be redefining in-group and out-group identities. Our efforts to counter extremism must also evolve” (164). He also says,
The new communications technologies that empower extremists can also be used to detect their arrival and diagnose their importance. Both the rise of Islamic State and the resurgence of white nationalism were clearly visible online before most analysts acknowledged their changing threat. Our improved understanding of online social networks can provide a critical early warning about the growth of extremist movements and escalating radicalization. (164-65).
Drawing on these quotations and other information in the book, as well as outside sources, an essay could address how the country should deal with communications technologies and how individuals should approach social media.
Part Four of this class pack deals with information literacy and media literacy. An essay could explore what these are and how education can help to combat people adopting extremist ideologies.
Type of assignment: Writing from scratch
Pages / words: 5/1400
Number of sources: 8
Academic level: Undergraduate
Paper format: APA
Line spacing: Double
Language style: US English