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ERIC Number: EJ783608
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008-Feb
Pages: 27
Abstractor: Author
ISSN: ISSN-0033-5630
A Clockwork War: Rhetorics of Time in a Time of Terror
Stahl, Roger
Quarterly Journal of Speech, v94 n1 p73-99 Feb 2008
Expressions of time have increasingly infused the rhetorical experience of post-industrial war, especially since 9/11. This essay demonstrates how these "signs of time" operate as one of three tropes: deadline/countdown, infinite/infinitesimal war, and the ticking clock. The persistence of such signs of time in public discourse can be seen as an expression of what Paul Virilio has called the "chronopolis," a political universe textured by real-time communication technologies. The chronopolitical will exhibits certain autocratic traits at odds with democratic ideals, primarily the refashioning of citizen identity into that of the "contemporary." The analysis here charts the autocratic rhetoric of the chronopolis as a critical democratic project. (Contains 104 notes.)
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Publication Type: Information Analyses; Journal Articles
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Language: English
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