ISSN (Print) - 0012-9976 | ISSN (Online) - 2349-8846

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Media-Mediated Public Discourse on 'Terrorism' and Suspect Communities

The media is intrinsic to our understanding of the discourse on the "war on terror". In these days of postmodern critical analysis, the orthodoxy about "objectivity" has long been eroded, but the deliberate blurring of distinction between "fact" and propaganda, reality and stereotype, and the discursive stringing together of sensational events, finds a new level in news media-mediated public discourse. The article critically interrogates the rhetorical clustering of four mediatised "events" - Madrid 3/11/2004, London 7/7/2005, Mumbai 11/7/2006 and 26/11/2008 - which raised the spectre of an interconnected and endless "war on terror" as a knee- jerk political and media response.

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