The Uses of Terror and the Limits of Cultural Studies
Source TitleMedia International Australia incorporating Culture and Policy
University of Melbourne Author/sFrow, John
AffiliationCulture And Communication
Document TypeJournal Article
CitationsFROW, J. (2003). The Uses of Terror and the Limits of Cultural Studies. Media International Australia incorporating Culture and Policy, 109 (November), pp.14-21
Access StatusOpen Access
Deposited with permission of Media International Australia.
The plot of the event of September 11 - the destruction of the twin towers of the World Trade Center by terrorists - might have been written by Hollywood, or by Baudrillard. So fantasmatic, so familiar was the scenario that fitted seamlessly into the manichaean agenda of the Pentagon hawks planning the next American war, and the next. Indeed, a perfectly plausible paranoid response reads this plot as a plot on the part of those who have most thoroughly benefited from it. How do we take fantasms seriously when they come true?
KeywordsCultural Theory; Studies in Human Society
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