Visual imaging technologies, embodied sympathy and control in the 9/11 wars
Best, K. (2004) Visual imaging technologies, embodied sympathy and control in the 9/11 wars. In: 1st International Sources of Insecurity Conference, 17 - 19 November 2004, RMIT University, Melbourne
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Paradoxically, at its moment of utmost insecurity, America gained a global moral hegemony. Condemnation of the
9/11 attacks and outpourings of fellow human feeling with America generated a brief and unprecedented consensus on
a global scale. This consensus made the job of securing approbation to acts of aggression relatively easy, effectively resuscitating American control. However, qualities of insecurity and consent are unstable across time. Every action taken by the American state since 9/11 to obtain greater security has whittled away the nation’s control over moral outrage and sympathy, particularly as these responses have relied on divisive models of collective identity.
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