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The Rhetoric of TerrorReflections on 9/11 and the War on Terror$
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Marc Redfield

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9780823231232

Published to Fordham Scholarship Online: September 2011

DOI: 10.5422/fordham/9780823231232.001.0001

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The Rhetoric of Terror

Marc Redfield

Fordham University Press

The September 11 bombing is really a traumatic experience whether physically or psychologically to those who suffered it too close in the Ground Zero, but for those who did not a spectacle is seen “like a movie.” On the one hand, the simile “like a movie” emerges out of a specific historical, cultural, economic, and technological context in which a certain kind of high-tech, highly capitalized, globally distributed cinematic product becomes associated with the technical production of scenes of spectacular destruction which is clear that this simile functions above all to communicate the speaker's sense of the seeming unreality of the event being described. And to describe the September 11 bombing, it is just a simple unfolding television program which was turned to a particular cinematic genre, which is the big-budget disaster movie.

Keywords:   September 11 bombing, traumatic experience, Ground Zero, disaster movie, cinematic genre

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