Rhetoric and the War on Terrorism in the Aftermath of 9-11

Stephen J. Brodt, Ball State University
Bryan D. Byers, Ball State University

This paper will examine rhetoric dealing with the "war on terrorism" after September 11, 2001. The events of 9-11 created a firestorm of discussion and debate about the nature of the terrorist acts, the perpetrators, and suitable social control responses. Through an examination of media accounts, this research will investigate the rhetorical themes dealing with claims making. Using Toulmin's schemata, claims making will be examined using the elements of grounds, warrants and conclusions concerning 9-11.

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