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The Amorphous Threat of Terrorism

The people behind today’s terror events know something essential about Western media and society: the 24/7 news machine must be fed. The babbling media pundits who need to tear each other down and the perfectly coiffed TV anchors are of little value to their employers absent stories that circle around shared traumas and feed on collective neuroses. Terrorists are all too happy to provide us with such stories: they deliberately feed our shared fears, and they do so knowing we will rip ourselves to shreds debating how to rationally respond, when neither today‚Äôs news media nor the events themselves make any effort to be anything other than perversely irrational.