By Priscilla Walton, Bruce Tucker
The bombing of the dual Towers in ny on September eleven, 2001, marked a tremendous turning element in smooth American tradition. Authors Bruce Tucker and Priscilla L. Walton research severe moments within the aftermath of September 11 arguing that commentators deserted complexity, looking to decrease occasions to their least difficult signification.
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Parker, it appears, cycled Lynch’s story through traditional representations of mountain and rural life in the United States, inventing an icon for both patriotism and patriarchy, while Lynch’s brother gave her the classic male put-down, recalling her childhood through a ﬁlter of brotherly condescension for female activity. Both Parker and Lynch’s brother invented stories about Lynch that played out in the debates raised in the media on account of her capture. Lynch was also described repeatedly as simple and innocent, qualities also ascribed to her Appalachian origins (Jehl and Blair).
At the heart of these controversies were two female soldiers, both of whom grew up in Appalachia and had joined the army at a young age to serve their country and develop their careers. It seems remarkable in retrospect that as the narratives of these events unfolded, the media constrained their accounts to questions about the women as individuals, ignoring the larger historical context in which race and gender shaped the American venture in Iraq. We are interested in how parts of the story became the whole story – in Lynch’s case the rescue of a vulnerable woman by heroic American soldiers, and in England’s case, how the behavior of a single, undisciplined female soldier came to bear the responsibility for acts of torture on American prisoners.
29) As we understand Baudrillard’s claim, here it is the very emphasis on ﬁctionality that seems in danger of being forgotten in what we will call the post-9/11 terror wars for the new Real. To look more closely at this philosophical turn of events, we turn to Habermas, who has also spoken to the tragedy (in Philosophy in a Time of Terror, a text compiled from interviews by Giovanna Borradori with Habermas and Derrida, held shortly after 9/11), and whose position provides a basis for examining these new wars over the Real.
American Culture Transformed: Dialing 9/11 by Priscilla Walton, Bruce Tucker