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Notes and Reflections on Books and Media

by Hannah Leitheiser

Cat Videos

Dawn of the Code War: America's Battle Against Russia, China, and the Rising Global Cyber Threat

Carlin & Graff

2018

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2019-03-30

'The self-declared caliphate strived to depict the sheer ordinariness of daily life. Rainbows over beaches, fruit hanging in trees flowers blossoming. One video showed a masked terrorist playing with a kitten in one hand and holding an AK-47 in the other. Even terrorists know the internet's one universal constant: cat videos sell.' - Carlin & Graff, Dawn of the Code War: America's Battle Against Russia, China, and the Rising Global Cyber Threat (2018)

You wonder how you'd recruit terrorists from, say, the US. "Think about what you love. If you're thinking about hot places, no water, bad food, and probably getting killed..."

The marketing appears to be half an appeal to the gamer: "Don't just play Call of Duty; answer the call." And the other half, a promise of a regular-ish life.