At War with Metaphor: Media Propaganda and Racism in the War by Erin Steuter

By Erin Steuter

At conflict with Metaphor deals a compelling research of our public discussions of the warfare on terror and the binding conceptual metaphors wherein they're framed. studying the photographs of animal, insect, and illness that form and restrict our figuring out of the battle, and tying those pictures to old and modern makes use of of propaganda and media filters, the authors discover how information media, together with political cartoons and speak radio, are enmeshed during this destructive, dehumanizing language.

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19. Abdel Rahman al-Rashed. ” Telegraph (UK). September 5, 2004. 20. Barbara Kopple. Shut Up and Sing. 2006. Videorecording. 16 Chapter One 21. Jayne Docherty. ” Beyond September 11. html (June 26, 2007). 22. Frank Blechman and Jayne Seminare Docherty. ” 23. Susan Sontag. ” New York Times. September 10, 2002. 24. Susan Sontag. ” 25. George Lakoff and Evan Frisch. ” 26. George Lakoff and Evan Frisch. ” 27. Susan Sontag. ” 28. Susan Sontag. ” 29. Michael Erard. ” 30. Michael Erard. ” C H A P T E R T W O Making Enemies: Propaganda and the Making of the Orientalist “Other” Imagine for yourself “the enemy” as a man of resentment conceives him—and right here we have his action, his creation: he has conceptualized “the evil enemy,” “the evil one,” as a fundamental idea—and from that he now thinks his way to an opposite image and counterpart, a “good man”—himself!

34 The distorting lens of Orientalism masks a far richer, more complex reality. In sharp contrast to Orientalism’s picture of the East as mystical, irrational and superstitious, a place of religious extremism and fanaticism, Said observes that in his experience, the East is actually an overwhelmingly secular society. ”35 The western media’s exclusionary focus on a single aspect of Eastern experience when considering the East as enemy, however, has resulted in a picture of the Arab as essentially and exclusively fanatical, extremist, and violent.

This word change had significant political impact: by provoking an outcry from a public who for the most part wouldn’t be paying any significant amount in death taxes, the net result was a tax break for the wealthiest Americans. After the introduction of the new phrase, public support helped the Congress to repeal the tax. Economists observe that the repeal of the tax may cost more than a trillion dollars in lost revenue that could be used for much-needed social programs. Small words, then, clearly carry large consequences.

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