Al-Qaeda resurgence in Afghanistan, somewhere in the Hindu Kush mountains (North-Central
Khan leader of the al-Qaeda group.
Fought the soviets
Group is made up of Arab-Afghans and foreign fighters (Uzbeks, Chechens, etc)
Help explain what we understand
Use them to learn what we need to learn
Narrative Fidelity complies with culture and social norms (i.e. Thanksgiving)
The Thanksgiving Narrative of Thanksgiving
Native Americans welcomed pilgrims with open
Social Construct of Reality Notes
What we perceive as real is something we participate in.
Meaning comes through interaction
Interaction comes from discourse
Discourse is a socially constructed method for representing the way in which something is
The art of communication efficiently and with persuasion
An appeal made by a speaker
Influence by appearance
An appeal to facts
Truth = Honesty Fact = Certainty
An appeal to audiences emotions
The strongest appeal
Euphemisms for Terrorism
Euphemisms substitute to lessen the blow
F bomb = F word
They can be too vague
Speech Act Theory
Speakers use language to accomplish intended actions and, in doing so, listeners conclude
or interpret intended me
Social Construction of Fear
If enough people are afraid, I should be afraid
Detroit is perceived as bad, but I have been there many times.
9/11 made us fear people who look like Arabs, people like Sheiks and non-Islamists.
Common needs, b
September 15, 2013
Conduit Metaphor Paper
2008 Mumbai India Attacks
November 23, 2008: Ten gunman leave Karachi, Pakistan by boat .They hijack another
boat en route and kill four of the five crew members. The spared shipma
Symbolic Interactionism and the Kenya and Dar es Salaam Embassy Bombings
On August 7, 1998 two trucks parked outside the American embassies in Dar es Salaam
and Nairobi and detonated within minutes of each other.
Every September 11th for the past 12 years I have always been asked the same
question: where I was when the twin
towers were hit. I was sitting at lunch in the third grade.
I didnt have the slightest clue
9/11 Conduit Theory
Message was for the United States to leave and remove its presence in Saudi Arabia.
The linguistic Expression of the attack was the targeting of three locations: The World Trade
Center, the Pentagon, and