“Terrorism and the Public Imagination”

By Hamilton Nolan:

How do you make a terrorist? You just label him a terrorist. You move your attention away from the things that actually matter in your life, and you focus it on The Terror. You participate in becoming terrorized. You allow a small sliver of violent people to warp your entire society’s perspective on reality. And you eventually arrive at a place where it seems perfectly reasonable to forget about children being shot at a Mother’s Day party, because our leaders and our media and our minds are still occupied with Muslims with pressure cookers.

There will be more terrorism, because terrorism works. The American imagination can’t seem to get enough of it.


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