Award Date

1-1-2007

Degree Type

Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Arts (MA)

Department

Communication Studies

First Committee Member

Thomas R. Burkholder

Number of Pages

74

Abstract

In the aftermath of the September 11, 2001, al Qaeda-led terrorist attacks, President George W. Bush and his administration launched a campaign against Iraq in an effort to oust its leader, Saddam Hussein, and "liberate" the Iraqi people. Despite no credible evidence of Iraqi involvement in the 9/11 attacks and the disdain of most of the global community, a majority of Americans supported the administration's desire to attack Iraq; In an effort to understand the impact of the Bush Administration's framing of the war on terror on the American public, the "Other," and the global community as a whole, this study analyzes four of President Bush's public addresses. The resulting critique reveals that appealing to American exceptionalism, demonizing the enemy, and marginalizing the "Other" foster an ideology of dominance and inequality, while fueling tensions between East and West, reinforcing stereotypes, and resulting in more terrorist activity.

Keywords

Administration; Bush; Discourse; George W. Bush; Marginalizing; Terror; War

Controlled Subject

Communication

File Format

pdf

File Size

1751.04 KB

Degree Grantor

University of Nevada, Las Vegas

Language

English

Permissions

If you are the rightful copyright holder of this dissertation or thesis and wish to have the full text removed from Digital Scholarship@UNLV, please submit a request to digitalscholarship@unlv.edu and include clear identification of the work, preferably with URL.

Identifier

https://doi.org/10.25669/25yh-sfiy


Share

COinS