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Evil's Disfigurement of Language

Keith Doubt

in Understanding Evil

Published by Fordham University Press

Published in print January 2006 | ISBN: 9780823227006
Published online March 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780823235872 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.5422/fso/9780823227006.003.0007
Evil's Disfigurement of                 Language

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This chapter analyzes war criminals' mendacious use of language in the media during the Bosnian war. Documentaries, news reports, and world newspapers featured the verbal utterances of Slobodan Milosevic, Ratko Mladic, Zeljko Raznjatovic (Arkan), and Radovan Karadzic. When speaking with a reporter, Milosevic, Mladic, Arkan, and Karadzic were aware of their audience; they anticipated how their audience would perceive them. This awareness influenced what those engaged in evil said and how they said it. The world would think that through these utterances it understood the ineffable events in Bosnia.

Keywords: Slobadan Milosevic; Ratko Mladic; Zeljko Raznjatovic; Arkan; Radovan Karadzic; war crimes; media; language

Chapter.  3654 words. 

Subjects: Moral Philosophy

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