By Priscilla Walton, Bruce Tucker
The bombing of the dual Towers in long island on September eleven, 2001, marked a huge turning aspect in smooth American tradition. Authors Bruce Tucker and Priscilla L. Walton learn serious moments within the aftermath of Sep 11 arguing that commentators deserted complexity, looking to lessen occasions to their least difficult signification.
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Rather than the violence of the real being there ﬁrst, and the frisson of the image being added to it, the image is there ﬁrst, and the frisson of the real is added. Something like an additional ﬁction, a ﬁction surpassing ﬁction. (29) As we understand Baudrillard’s claim, here it is the very emphasis on ﬁctionality that seems in danger of being forgotten in what we will call the post-9/11 terror wars for the new Real. To look more closely at this philosophical turn of events, we turn to Habermas, who has also spoken to the tragedy (in Philosophy in a Time of Terror, a text compiled from interviews by Giovanna Borradori with Habermas and Derrida, held shortly after 9/11), and whose position provides a basis for examining these new wars over the Real.
In its view, a special ops team “rescued” the injured private from, as Donald Rumsfeld put it, “what they call a hospital” – that is, a hospital – from which the Republican Guard had ﬂed, and where she was being well-treated. ” Kampfner’s request of the Pentagon for the full footage (as opposed to the ﬁve-minute edited version shown on TV) was turned down. ” Yet, whether Lynch was heroically rescued, or was an unknowing star of the military’s “feature ﬁlm,” it is hard to escape the perplexing ascension of Jessica Lynch in the public consciousness.
Dr Anmar Uday commented: “It was like a Hollywood ﬁlm. They cried ‘go, go, go,’ with guns and blanks without bullets, blanks and the sound of explosions. They made a show for the American attack on the hospital – action movies like Sylvester Stallone or Jackie Chan” (“War Spin”). Nor is Dr Uday’s observation without basis in Correspondent’s discussion of American military strategies: Spinning and Counter-Spinning Jessica Lynch and Lynndie England 31 The American strategy was to ensure the right television footage by using embedded reporters and images from their own cameras, editing the ﬁlm themselves.
American Culture Transformed: Dialing 9/11 by Priscilla Walton, Bruce Tucker