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Worst CasesTerror and Catastrophe in the Popular Imagination$
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Lee Clarke

Print publication date: 2005

Print ISBN-13: 9780226108599

Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: February 2013

DOI: 10.7208/chicago/9780226108605.001.0001

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Silver Linings: The Good from the Worst

Silver Linings: The Good from the Worst

(p.129) 5 Silver Linings: The Good from the Worst
Worst Cases

Lee Clarke

University of Chicago Press

This chapter examines the good things or the silver linings of worst cases or disasters. It explains that worst cases and disasters are patterned phenomena with complex causes and effects. And while they cause pain and sufferings, they also provide opportunities for learning, for political gaming, for the development of new ideas, and even for profit. Social clearing caused by disasters can also lead to social betterment.

Keywords:   worst cases, disasters, patterned phenomena, learning, political gaming, new ideas, profit, social betterment, social clearing

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