The article “Terrorist Transgressions: Exploring the Gendered Representations of the Terrorist” discusses the shift in modern warfare towards being “cultural.” The author argues that visual images, like photos of Saddam Hussein, were used to legitimize military intervention during the War on Terror and that this increased use of media was part of what made it cultural. It makes sense that media was so influential in the war because many were unsure about the War on Terror and in Iraq since the relations between the U.S. and the Middle East have been so complicated the last ten years. Since it’s hard to follow every event that happens, it is important for the media to widely advertise certain large events like the death of Osama Bin Laden for example, to keep support up. Similarly, the videos and images of the planes hitting the twin towers were circulated everywhere around 9/11. The shocking footage enraged people across the U.S. and helped to fuel the War on Terror. Malvern also mentions, however, that we need to step back and realize what we’re looking at, when we see propagandized war images. Images are a tool of terrorism, so it’s important to look at “the means of their production and circulation.” What also comes with the increasing use of war images and footage is the increased representation of “the terrorist” in film and television. This portrayal of the stereotypical “other” also functions to increase support for the war. As Malvern writes, “The terrorist has been constructed as the epitome of transgression against economic resources and moral, physical and political boundaries.” This is partly due to the war footage and photographs and partly due to the representation of Arabs and Muslims in film and television. In either case, we need to be aware of what we’re seeing and potential motivations in order to have an informed stance on the War on Terror.