Language, Symbols, and the Media

Language, Symbols, and the Media : Communication in the Aftermath of the World Trade Center Attack

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The terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001 created a new political landscape and a new era of warfare. Language, Symbols, and Media offers insights into the impact and influence of 9/11 upon our cultural, social and political life. The book opens with an introductory chapter on communications, media language, and visual symbolism in the immediate wake of the attacks. The second chapter considers the challenge to religious pluralism, analyzing the grounds for the immediate backlash against Islam. Chapter 3 reviews several crucial historical and contemporary Supreme Court rulings relevant to the limitations of free speech in times of war and national crises. The consideration of First Amendment rights is continued in chapter 4, which places the Patriot Act in historical context by comparing the legislation and its interpretation of it to other legislation passed in response to past American crises. The immediate aftermath of the attacks witnessed many calls for an end to "the age of irony" and a return to "traditional values." Chapter 5 considers some contrarian responses and analyzes the impact of irony as a rhetorical device in American culture. The unifying role of sport in the post-9/11 healing process in America is examined in chapter 6. Chapter 7 examines the reactions and responses of young adults to the events of 9/11 one year later. Chapter 8 demonstrates how New York mayor Rudolf Giuliani and California representative Gary Condit received a public "makeover" or reframing of their careers and reputations. Chapters 9 explores the impact of 9/11 on the rhetoric of advertising, while chapter 10 focuses more closely on how it affected the tourism industry. A concluding chapter examines several instances of media self-censorship and its implications for the policy making process during times of crisis. As historians and other analysts work towards greater understanding of the event that triggered our "war on terror," the role and function of language and communications will take on greater urgency. This volume will be of interest to cultural studies specialists, sociologists, journalists, political scientists, historians, as well as general readers.show more

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  • Hardback | 240 pages
  • 157.5 x 236.2 x 25.4mm | 498.96g
  • Taylor & Francis Inc
  • Transaction Publishers
  • Somerset, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 0765802651
  • 9780765802651

About Robert E. Denton

Robert E. Denton, Jr. holds the W. Thomas Rice Chair of Leadership Studies in the Department of Communication at Virginia Tech and serves as Director of the Rice Center for Leader Development. He is the author, co-author and editor of 15 books on political communication and campaigns.show more

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"[A] collection of insightful and practical papers on the aftermath of 9/11.""--Leonard R. N. Ashley, Geolinguistics" -[T]his book fills an important niche, since examining the various messages after 9/11 is essential... Though in coming years this book likely will be replaced by others with the better perspective that time provides, for now this one-of-a-kind offering deserves attention. Summing Up: Highly recommended. Upper-division undergraduates through faculty and professionals.- --D. Caristi, Choice -[A] collection of insightful and practical papers on the aftermath of 9/11.- --Leonard R. N. Ashley, Geolinguistics "[T]his book fills an important niche, since examining the various messages after 9/11 is essential... Though in coming years this book likely will be replaced by others with the better perspective that time provides, for now this one-of-a-kind offering deserves attention. Summing Up: Highly recommended. Upper-division undergraduates through faculty and professionals." --D. Caristi, Choice "[A] collection of insightful and practical papers on the aftermath of 9/11." --Leonard R. N. Ashley, Geolinguistics "[T]his book fills an important niche, since examining the various messages after 9/11 is essential... Though in coming years this book likely will be replaced by others with the better perspective that time provides, for now this one-of-a-kind offering deserves attention. Summing Up: Highly recommended. Upper-division undergraduates through faculty and professionals." --D. Caristi, Choice "[A] collection of insightful and practical papers on the aftermath of 9/11." "--"Leonard R. N. Ashley, "Geolinguistics"show more