Have the media contributed to exacerbating the political, cultural and religious divides within Western societies and the world at large? How can media be deployed to enrich, not inhibit, dialogue? To what extent has the media, in all its forms, questioned, celebrated or simply accepted the unleashing of a ‘war on terror’? Media and Terrorism brings together leading scholars to explore how the world's media have influenced, and in turn, been influenced by terrorism and the war on terror in the aftermath of 9/11. Accessible and user-friendly with lively and current case studies, it is a perfect student text and is an essential handbook on the dynamics of war and the media in a global context.
Chapter 2: Terror, War and Disjunctures in the Global Order
Terror, War and Disjunctures in the Global Order
Lena Jayyusi situates her contribution in the context of a US-led ‘war on terror’ that has sought to link discursively Muslims and Islam itself to terrorism as part of a longer colonial project to terrorize and silence colonial subjects while presiding over their lands and resources. She argues that the ‘war on terror’ has served to re-designate Arab populations as a collective security ‘threat’ that has justified the near destruction of the social fabric over large swathes of the Middle East. ‘Terror’ in this context is a label used by the powerful to justify their own actions and to de-legitimize the response. This has required the mobilization of both physical ...