From Shock to Terror

in Civic War & the Corruption of the Citizen

Published by University of Chicago Press

Published in print December 2008 | ISBN: 9780226522081
Published online March 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780226522104 | DOI:
From Shock to Terror

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This chapter, which discusses the transition of shock to terror in the experience of the September 11 terrorist attacks in the United States, highlights the possibility that the so-called terrorists' drama will run almost automatically to predictable conclusions once it infects the body of our public life. It also explains that although the September 11 attacks only represent a very small portion of American history, some part of everyday has become September 11 because of the timelessness of shock drawn out by the time-filling capacity of television and other mechanisms of our culture.

Keywords: September 11; terrorist attacks; shock; terror; public life; American history

Chapter.  16302 words. 

Subjects: Political Theory

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