Problematising the Empire: Charlie Hebdo Attack and Islamic Radicalism
In recent years, the ideological infrastructure of international terrorism organizations based in the Middle-East has been composed of discourses based on 'Islamic radicalism'. On 7 January 2015 the attack on the headquarters of the French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo resulted in the killing of 12 people in Paris, leading to further discussions about this ideological and discursive field. In their book Empire, Hardt and Negri (2000) redefined the concept of 'multitude' by including all the political actions that have the potential to be an alternative to the 'empire'. Islamic radicalism has been also discussed based on the claim that it can offer a 'multitude' against De-modernization and, in the debates that emerged after the 11 September 2001 attacks in the U. S., the positioning of Islamic radicalism at the center of internationalism terrorism has prevented the evaluation of this political movement as a 'multitude'. It has also been seen how, because of this situation, the conflict between religions has become an item high on the international political agenda again. Within this framework, the main purpose of this study is to discuss the reaction of the Turkish public that occurred after the Charlie Hebdo shooting by analyzing 18.000 tweets and the relevant hashtags, collected on 7 January 2015, through the use of Computer-Mediated Discourse Analysis.