Hijacking History

Author: Liane Tanguay
Publisher: McGill-Queen's Press - MQUP
ISBN: 0773587721
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In Hijacking History, Liane Tanguay unravels the ideology behind an American enterprise unprecedented in scope, ambition, and brazen claim to global supremacy: the War on Terror. She argues that the fears, anxieties, and even the hopes encoded in American popular culture account for the public's passive acceptance of the Bush administration’s wars overseas and violation of many of the rights, privileges, and freedoms they claimed to defend. In her analysis, Tanguay critically examines the neoconservative contention that the current system of liberal-democratic capitalism represents the peak of human evolution - a claim that creates the impression of a "post-historical" age. Establishing a continuity between the "post-historical" imaginary and the attacks of 9/11, the book examines the links between shifting justifications for the war, renewed militarism, and capitalist globalization. Reviewing a wide range of media including Hollywood films, network television, and presidential rhetoric, Tanguay calls for a revival of politics in popular culture and rejects the politics of fear as disseminated by mass media. A timely retrospective on the War on Terror, Hijacking History examines popular representations of US military action and dissects both the logic and the aesthetics by which the dominant discourses strive to justify war, while revealing how some of those forces can ultimately contribute to an ideology of resistance.

Media in the Middle East

Author: Nele Lenze
Publisher: Springer
ISBN: 3319657712
Format: PDF, Mobi
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This edited volume offers the first extended, cross-disciplinary exploration of the cumulative problems and increasing importance of various forms of media in the Middle East. Leading scholars with expertise in Middle Eastern studies discuss their views and perceptions of the media’s influence on regional and global change. Focusing on aspects of economy, digital news, online businesses, gender-related issues, social media, and film, the contributors of this volume detail media’s role in political movements throughout the Middle East. The volume illustrates how the increase in Internet connections and mobile applications have resulted in an emergence of indispensable tools for information acquisition, dissemination, and activism.

Target Markets International Terrorism Meets Global Capitalism in the Mall

Author: Suzi Mirgani
Publisher: transcript Verlag
ISBN: 3839433525
Format: PDF, Kindle
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This book explores the points of convergence between corporate capitalist and terrorist practice. Assessing an increase in the number of terrorist attacks directed at commercial entities in urban areas, with an emphasis on the shopping mall in general and Nairobi's Westgate Mall in particular, Suzi Mirgani offers a fascinating and disturbing perspective on the spaces where the most powerful forces of contemporary culture - the most mainstream and the most extreme - meet on common ground.

Trapped in the War on Terror

Author: Ian S. Lustick
Publisher: University of Pennsylvania Press
ISBN: 9780812239836
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"Ian Lustick has written a brave, forceful, and very valuable book. I wish that every politician promising to 'defend' America would read what he has to say. Failing that, the voters should."—James Fallows, National Correspondent, The Atlantic Monthly

Die traumatisierte Nation

Author: Marcel Hartwig
Publisher: transcript Verlag
ISBN: 3839417422
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Die mediale Verarbeitung des 11. Septembers 2001 - so die zentrale These dieses Buchs - ist in den USA maßgeblich durch die Erinnerung an Pearl Harbor geprägt: Beide Anschläge waren auch Angriffe auf die nationale Identität. Vor dem Hintergrund kulturwissenschaftlicher Diskussionen um kulturelle, nationale oder kollektive Traumata diskutiert die amerikanistische Studie von Marcel Hartwig Ästhetik und Erzählmodi von insgesamt elf Hollywoodproduktionen zu beiden Ereignissen. Damit leistet sie einen ebenso instruktiven wie innovativen Beitrag zur Untersuchung des jüngeren Nationenbildungsprozesses in den USA.

Image Warfare in the War on Terror

Author: Nathan Roger
Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan
ISBN: 0230363881
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Image Warfare in the War on Terror provides an innovative re-examination of the war on terror. It argues that since 11 September 2001 image warfare has replaced techno-war as the dominant warfighting model. Roger suggests that it is a form of warfare in which Al Qaeda currently dominates while the West is still playing catch-up. By dealing frankly with the deployment of disturbing images generated by the 9/11 attacks – from bin Laden videos, suicide terrorism and hostage executions to prisoner abuses, Roger provides us with a new vocabulary through which these acts can be discussed and understood. This book offers the first comprehensive assessment, from an International Relations perspective, of image warfare. Through engagement with IR, Media Studies and Visual Culture literatures, Roger introduces three new conceptual terms 'image munitions', 'counter-image munitions' and 'remediation battles'. These terms are then explored in chapters about political communications concerning Bush, Blair and bin Laden; suicides; executions and abuses.

Discourse War and Terrorism

Author: Adam Hodges
Publisher: John Benjamins Publishing
ISBN: 902729268X
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Discourse since September 11, 2001 has constrained and shaped public discussion and debate surrounding terrorism worldwide. Social actors in the Americas, Europe, Asia, the Middle East and elsewhere employ the language of the “war on terror” to explain, react to, justify and understand a broad range of political, economic and social phenomena. Discourse, War and Terrorism explores the discursive production of identities, the shaping of ideologies, and the formation of collective understandings in response to 9/11 in the United States and around the world. At issue are how enemies are defined and identified, how political leaders and citizens react, and how members of societies understand their position in the world in relation to terrorism. Contributors to this volume represent diverse sub-fields involved in the critical study of language, including perspectives from sociocultural linguistics, communication, media, cultural and political studies.

The Book of God

Author: Colin Jager
Publisher: University of Pennsylvania Press
ISBN: 9780812239799
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"The Book of God manages to be at once ambitious, deliberate, and nuanced in its interconnecting conceptions of philosophy and literary criticism."—Orrin Wang, University of Maryland

Flugzeugentf hrungen

Author: Annette Vowinckel
Publisher: Wallstein Verlag
ISBN: 3835321404
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1931 wurde zum ersten Mal ein Flugzeug entführt: Peruanische Rebellen warfen damit Flugschriften über dem Urwald ab und gaben die Maschine dann der Fluggesellschaft PanAm zurück. Am 11. September 2001 flogen Al Qaida-Anhänger zwei Flugzeuge in die Türme des World Trade Center und inszenierten damit die erste große Terrorkatastrophe des 21. Jahrhunderts. Dazwischen liegen mehrere Serien von sehr unterschiedlichen Flugzeugentführungen. Sie stehen im Kontext der Kubanischen Revolution, des Nahostkonflikts, des "Deutschen Herbsts" (Mogadischu) und des Kalten Kriegs. Ausgeführt wurden sie von Terroristen und Rebellen, von Republikflüchtigen, Lösegelderpressern und Psychopathen. Sie sind die Kehrseite der zivilen Luftfahrt und der Preis, den moderne Menschen für den Traum von Freiheit in Form grenzenloser Mobilität zu zahlen bereit sind. Dieses Buch handelt von der Luftpiraterie, aber es handelt auch von den zahlreichen Versuchen, das Eigentümliche der Flugzeugentführung in Romanen, Filmen, Kunstwerken und psychoanalytischen Theorien zu reflektieren. Mehr als das Tagesgeschehen informieren sie uns über die typisch moderne Ambivalenz, die die Verbindung von (technischem) Fortschritt mit der Produktion neuer Risiken prägt.

The Roots of Terrorism

Author: Assaf Moghadam
Publisher: Infobase Publishing
ISBN: 143810720X
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The September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks on the United States brought the issue of terrorism to the forefront of American attention and controversy. To determine how to prevent further destruction, it is necessary to understand the shadowy phenomenon that causes it. Who are the terrorists? What are their motives? What are the roots of this form of violence, and will it come to an end? What exactly is terrorism?