W. J. T. Mitchell, the Gaylord Donnelley Distinguished Service Professor in English Language & Literature and Art History, is featured in the January 2011 issue of Chicago Magazine. Mitchell is the author of the recently published Cloning Terror: The War of Images, 9/11 to the Present (University of Chicago, 2011), a book that explores how images have shaped public perception about the war on terror.
From Chicago Magazine:
Mitchell explains that images are among terrorists’ most powerful weapons. “The point of terrorism is always to attack the imagination by producing a spectacle and a sense of anxiety, panic, and fear,” he says. But iconic pictures such as the hooded man—and the art that they inspire—can also reveal the truth of our times.