. Ground Zero

Marc Redfield

in The Rhetoric of Terror

Published by Fordham University Press

Published in print September 2009 | ISBN: 9780823231232
Published online September 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780823241118 | DOI:
. Ground Zero

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Ground Zero emerged as quasi-spontaneously proper name in the American mass media after the attacks in “September 11”, where the term Ground Zero which serves as an American idiom, refers to the site formerly occupied by the World Trade Center towers; which connotes the impact of a bomb or the exact locus of an explosion. The name “Ground Zero” stokes a fantasy of omnipotence that is inseparable from vulnerability and exposure. In addition, the term “Ground Zero” stems from and exemplifies a rhetoric and praxis of targeting that Samuel Weber, building on Heidegger's interpretation of modern techniques, diagnoses as decisive for the Western metaphysical tradition generally and as particularly on display in the militarized national culture of the United States after World War Two.

Keywords: Ground Zero; mass media; September 11; World Trade Center; Samuel Weber; Heidegger; World War Two

Chapter.  1337 words. 

Subjects: Literary Studies (20th Century onwards)

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