“War,” “Terrorism,” and “Spectacle”: On Towers and Caves

Samuel Weber

in Theatricality as Medium

Published by Fordham University Press

Published in print December 2004 | ISBN: 9780823224159
Published online March 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780823235841 | DOI:
“War,”             “Terrorism,” and “Spectacle”: On Towers and             Caves

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Relating “spectacle” to both “war” and “terrorism”, which have traditionally been associated with each other, is considered a relatively new phenomenon. It is pointed out in this chapter how a particular type of theatricalization, which involves enemy intimidation and conflict resolution, has become a relevant component of the notions of war and terrorism. For something to become a spectacle, it should be something that takes place and can be localized. Whatever sort of spectacle this may be, this chapter establishes that the stage or place where the spectacle takes place cannot be confined or bound to an ordinary locality. This chapter generally focuses on how a certain spectacle attempts to simultaneously lessen and amplify anxieties by providing ways in which these anxieties can be shown, understood, and removed, in such a way that the audience anticipates what would happen next.

Keywords: war; terrorism; spectacle; theatricalization; stage

Chapter.  4002 words. 

Subjects: Philosophy of Language

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