Defeating the Taliban: Creating an Alternative Future Through Reframing and Humour

by Sohail Inayatullah

Introduction

While there were many reasons for the Republican loss in the 2008 election, one reason was the ridicule poured on former President George Bush. Whether by Jon Stewart’s The Daily Show (2009) or Will Ferrell (Youtube.com, 2005) impersonations, few could see Bush in any serious light. He had become a comic figure, even tragic, such that a journalist in Iraq could consider throwing his shoe at him. The story of “most powerful person on the planet” had been transformed into “inept leader.”(continue…)

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