The specificity of "terrorism" resides in the perception of intrinsically pointless violence that is both arbitrary towards its victims and random in its time and place of occurrence. The topic of today's horrified fascination in a world that prides itself on being rational, "terrorism" was initially the work of the "anarchist" as described by mainstream 19th century society: a source of nihilism and destruction. However, a century later, blind violence is now the work of someone other than the trivialised bomb-wielding anarchist of lore: the cleric. There is a critical difference between the two: whereas the 1890s bombs were not really the work of anarchists, responsibility for today's attacks is almost always claimed by the clerical groups that funded them. It could be said that these groups flip the face of yesteryear's nihilism in an oddly symmetrical fashion, justifying senseless killings in the name of the enduring mystique of a transcendental Authority, Terrorism, or from one fiction to the other?
|Translated title of the contribution||Fiction and violence between the author and the creator|
|State||Published - 2010|
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