Henry A. Giroux; ISIS and the Spectacle of Terrorism—Resisting Mainstream Workstations of Fear

Originally posted on Rise Up Times:

Surely, fighting “the inhuman” does not justify the indiscriminate killing of Syrian civilians by drones and high-tech fighter jets, among other dastardly crimes? The human and inhuman too often bleed into each other, destroying this wretched, unreflective rhetoric. This is a dangerous binary because it closes down questions of history, politics, power, justice and the ethical imagination while legitimating revenge and militarism through the language of an unchecked moralism.

By Henry A. Giroux  Truthout.org | News Analysis  September 30, 2014


(Image: Jared Rodriguez / Truthout)

The use of new digital technologies and social media by ISIS has drawn a great deal of attention by the dominant media not only because the extremists have used them as a form of visual terrorism to graphically portray the beheadings of captured American and British civilians, but also because of its alleged sophistication as a marketing tool.(1) Examining ISIS’s propaganda machine…

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Don’t forget about Ferguson – The redoubtable @BellaEiko is broadcasting live

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Live stream from #Ferguson – “This shit’s for Mike Brown, We TURNT up, don’t turn down”

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Mel Brooks on inequality, the rich, and what trickle down really looks like

“…I don’t write because there’s an audience. I write because there is literature.” – Susan Sontag


Do you think much about the audience for your books?


Don’t dare. Don’t want to. But, anyway, I don’t write because there’s an audience. I write because there is literature.

- Paris Review, The Art of Fiction No. 143

Chris Hedges Interviews Noam Chomsky


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