American Exceptionalism in the Post-9/11 Era: The Myth and the Reality

American Exceptionalism in the Post-9/11 Era: The Myth and the Reality wiLLiAm v. sPAnos GOT HIM! Vengeance at last! US nails the bastard --Front page headline caption of a photo of Osama bin Laden, New York Post (May 2, 2011) The spectacle presents itself as something enormously positive, indisputable and inaccessible. It says nothing more than "that which appears is good, and that which is good appears." The attitude which it demands in principle is passive acceptance which in fact it already obtained by its manner of appearance without reply, by its monopoly of appearance. --Guy Debord (1977) One The phrase "American exceptionialism" has become pervasive both in the discourse of the American political class (both of the Republican and Democratic political parties) and in the academic discourse called American Studies since the bombing of the Twin Towers and the Pentagon by al-Qaeda in September 11, 2001. As the sociologist Jerome Karabel has observed, the term became popular in American political circles since the Ronald Regan administration and its Cold War against Soviet communism, "but what is new in recent years [since 9/11/01] is that public expression--which had come to mean in popular parlance that the United States is not only different from, but superior to other countries--has become http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png symploke University of Nebraska Press

American Exceptionalism in the Post-9/11 Era: The Myth and the Reality

symploke, Volume 21 (1) – Dec 22, 2013

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wiLLiAm v. sPAnos GOT HIM! Vengeance at last! US nails the bastard --Front page headline caption of a photo of Osama bin Laden, New York Post (May 2, 2011) The spectacle presents itself as something enormously positive, indisputable and inaccessible. It says nothing more than "that which appears is good, and that which is good appears." The attitude which it demands in principle is passive acceptance which in fact it already obtained by its manner of appearance without reply, by its monopoly of appearance. --Guy Debord (1977) One The phrase "American exceptionialism" has become pervasive both in the discourse of the American political class (both of the Republican and Democratic political parties) and in the academic discourse called American Studies since the bombing of the Twin Towers and the Pentagon by al-Qaeda in September 11, 2001. As the sociologist Jerome Karabel has observed, the term became popular in American political circles since the Ronald Regan administration and its Cold War against Soviet communism, "but what is new in recent years [since 9/11/01] is that public expression--which had come to mean in popular parlance that the United States is not only different from, but superior to other countries--has become

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