Terrorism and Its Metaphors

  • Mark Fabiano Wright State University


I want to map out the metaphors of terrorism to critique how they are used in United States political rhetoric. These metaphors and their usage parallel United States history, cold war ideologies, and globalization. Central to this investigation is an analysis of how the hegemonic order appropriates the media and uses such metaphors to manufacture consent for supporting a vaguely defined “war on terror” indefinitely. Metaphors have been called “the dreamwork of language,” by Donald Davidson who writes also that “the interpretation of dreams requires collaboration between a dreamer and a waker” (29). But terrorism is not a dream. It is not a metaphor. My point is that by identifying the geography of terrorism as it is currently presented in our media, by interpreting these media “dreams” about terrorism, readers might awaken to a more sobering view of terrorism.
How to Cite
Fabiano, Mark. 2006. “Terrorism and Its Metaphors”. FORUM: University of Edinburgh Postgraduate Journal of Culture & The Arts, no. 02 (June). https://forumjournal.org/article/view/555.