Be There, Will Be Wild!: An Analysis of the Participation of Violent Militant Extremist Groups in the January 6 Attack on the Capitol Building
Jacqueline Eckhart, Sarah Collins, Emma Blair
In this presentation, we offer an analysis of the participation of violent extremist militia groups in the January 6, 2021 attack on the U.S. Capitol building. Understanding the activities of violent extremist militia groups is a critical need in today's society. In an October 2022 report, the Department of Homeland Security and FBI identified "domestic violent extremists" as "one of the most persistent threats to the United States today." Using tools for the analysis of propaganda, we examine not only the groups themselves, their role in the attack, and the ideologies motivating their actions, but also the societal context surrounding the event and the role that media played. The participation of these groups in the attack is examined as part of a larger system of propaganda, through which institution(s) acting as the source of propagandistic messages, with the assistance of other agents, utilize media to manipulate the cognitions, shape the perceptions, and direct the behavior of a target audience to advance their own partisan interests, regardless of whether their actions promote the common good.
Course Project 202310 CMM 350 01
Primary Advisor's Department
Stander Symposium, College of Arts and Sciences
Institutional Learning Goals
Critical Evaluation of Our Times; Scholarship
"Be There, Will Be Wild!: An Analysis of the Participation of Violent Militant Extremist Groups in the January 6 Attack on the Capitol Building" (2023). Stander Symposium Projects. 3213.