What If? Re-imagined Scenarios and the Re-virtualisation of History

Media/Culture Journal 18 (6) (2015)
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This article explores the process of “re-imagined scenarios,” through which the moments of contact with the 9/11 hijackers were developed into scenarios that came to play a central role in U.S. counterterrorism training and policy. Drawing on fieldwork and interviews with trainers, government officials, and police officers, it is argued that these scenarios do not recreate previous encounters, or conjure up possible futures, but instead rely on “the elasticity of the almost” to reactivate the past. The re-imagined scenarios call forth "a certain array of recognizable elastic points," through which options for alternative movements are invented
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