Language Wars: The Role of Media and Culture in Global by Jeff Lewis

By Jeff Lewis

Language Wars is an interesting account of the connection among the media, tradition and new sorts of international, political violence. utilizing an leading edge process, Jeff Lewis indicates how language and the media are implicated in international terrorism and the US-led reprisals within the conflict on terror. via an exam of the language of terrorism and battle, Lewis illuminates key occasions within the present wave of political violence -- the Sept. 11 assaults on manhattan and the Pentagon, the Beslan siege, the invasion of Afghanistan and Iraq, the Bali bombings and the continuing career within the heart East. He argues that the language used to record incidents of violence has replaced, not only in respectable channels yet in wider cultural contexts, and exhibits the impression this has on social perceptions. Lewis deconstructs those new discourses to bare how Islam has been construed because the antagonist of freedom, democracy and the guideline of legislations. excellent for college students of media reports and cultural reports, this can be a sophisticated account of the relation among language and tradition that exposes a perilous new east-west divide in well known discourse.

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Laqueur distinguishes between top-down and bottom-up terrorism, both of which are characterized by a long and widely dispersed history of systematic political brutality. Thus, while ‘[n]o definition of terrorism can possibly cover all the varieties of terrorism that have appeared throughout history’ (Laqueur, 1987: 11), the strategies and tactics of terror are common to all modes of politically motivated violence. To this end, terrorism ‘aims to induce a state of fear in the victim that is ruthless, and does not conform to humanitarian rules … [P]ublicity is an essential factor in the terrorist strategy’ (1987: 143).

The publicity to which Laqueur refers is the central strategy of a violence which is specifically rhetorical (Tuman, 2003). Nareen Chitty (2003) argues, in fact, that terrorism is effectively ‘anti-democratic’ since it adopts strategies that lie beyond the borders of humanitarian values. Subjects seek to influence opinion through a form of violent ‘theater’: Terrorist acts are often deliberately spectacular, designed to rattle and influence a wide audience, beyond the victims of the violence itself.

This definition privileges ‘the state’, which is legitimized by the citizenry and rule of law, and which is protected by military and paramilitary agents who conduct ‘policing’ and ‘war’ in order to maintain order. The US Department of Defense expands the definition slightly, suggesting that this ‘calculated use of violence or threat of violence against individuals or property’ is an act of terrorism when it is designed ‘to inculcate fear, intended to coerce or intimidate government or societies in the pursuit of goals that are political, ideological or religious’ (DOD, 1986: 15).

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