This piece features several varying examples of actual hostage footage collected from the Internet. Mass media has facilitated dramatic changes for terrorists as much as it has for corporations or governments. How terrorism functions and the ways in which violent threats are communicated and received has changed with the advent of contemporary mass media in rather startling ways. New and emerging media equips terrorists with the ability to instantly proliferate messages of fear and intimidation, as well as acquire the attention of dominant groups who would otherwise disregard their demands. One method which has become its own gruesome form with its own built-in set of norms is the execution video. From this, a visual iconography emerges and a new visual language is created in order to achieve the greatest effect with the least amount of resources. This type of constructed spectacle gives voice to an oppressed group and disrupts dominant institutions, but at what cost?