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

By Erin Steuter

At battle with Metaphor bargains a compelling research of our public discussions of the struggle on terror and the binding conceptual metaphors in which they're framed. studying the pictures of animal, insect, and disorder that form and restrict our realizing of the battle, and tying those pictures to historic 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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At no point was there an outcry. ”28 Soueif tells another story of the “private” family memento, a personal souvenir photo of a young American soldier in Iraq. In this photo, There is no nakedness or torture, but it is no less nasty for that. The boys are holding a cardboard sign. They and the soldier are smiling and doing a thumbs up. He is pointing at the cardboard sign, on which he’s written: “Lcpl Boudreaux killed my Dad. ” Imagine the scene: Lance Corporal Boudreaux, a soldier on a liberating, civilizing mission, asks Making Enemies 23 the natives to pose for a “memento”.

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!

It might be appealing or horrific, but it is eternally available to the West as an enemy to be conquered or a temptress to be ravished. The West, in taking the Orient as its subject of study, comes to feel it knows and thus has mastered the East. Said argues that the distorting lens of Orientalism, the organized body of knowledge that creates our definition of the East, is ultimately intended to help us understand the “natives” so we may more easily conquer them. Because the West tells such consistent tales of the endlessly primitive East, it appears eternal, static, and unlike the developed West, can never really change or evolve.

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