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Civic War & the Corruption of the Citizen$
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Peter Alexander Meyers

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9780226522081

Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: March 2013

DOI: 10.7208/chicago/9780226522104.001.0001

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From Shock to Terror

From Shock to Terror

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(p.15) 1. From Shock to Terror
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Civic War & the Corruption of the Citizen
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University of Chicago Press
DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226522104.003.0002

This chapter, which discusses the transition of shock to terror in the experience of the September 11 terrorist attacks in the United States, highlights the possibility that the so-called terrorists' drama will run almost automatically to predictable conclusions once it infects the body of our public life. It also explains that although the September 11 attacks only represent a very small portion of American history, some part of everyday has become September 11 because of the timelessness of shock drawn out by the time-filling capacity of television and other mechanisms of our culture.

Keywords:   September 11, terrorist attacks, shock, terror, public life, American history

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