On The Ritual of Political Scapegoating

Lessons From ‘The Portrayal and Punishment of Terrorists in Western Media

Tucker Lieberman
Feb 16 · 10 min read

In her 2019 book The Portrayal and Punishment of Terrorists in Western Media: Playing the Villain, Christiana Spens studies how terrorists after 9/11 have been portrayed in the mainstream media. She examines “what a terrorist represents“ and “the cultural world from which this figure emerges,” both in modern times and farther back in history, considering “iconic images and figures of the past who linger in the Western imagination.”