9/11 News Coverage

Adrian Parr

in Deleuze and Memorial Culture

Published by Edinburgh University Press

Published in print March 2008 | ISBN: 9780748627547
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780748652433 | DOI:
9/11 News Coverage

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This chapter explores the social reality and function of remembering traumatic events such as the September 11, 2001 terrorist attack (9/11). It argues that the news coverage and mass media's appropriation and repetition of 9/11 images, along with the public's will to consume these, constitutes a repressive and authoritarian social organisation, one which comes from converting the libidinal effects and energies of memory labour into a habitual, albeit paranoid memory. The chapter discusses Gilles Deleuze's concept of reterritorialisation and explains that metaphysically engaging memory is what constitutes a reterritorialising memory.

Keywords: 9/11; news coverage; traumatic events; social organisation; libidinal effects; memory labour; paranoid memory; Gilles Deleuze; reterritorialisation

Chapter.  7278 words. 

Subjects: Philosophy

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