Rhetoric of InSecurity: The Language of Danger, Fear and Safety in National and International Contexts

Baines, Victoria

  • 出版商: Routledge
  • 出版日期: 2023-01-09
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  • 語言: 英文
  • 頁數: 144
  • 裝訂: Quality Paper - also called trade paper
  • ISBN: 1032030844
  • ISBN-13: 9781032030845
  • 相關分類: 資訊安全
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This book demands that we question what we are told about security, using tools we have had for thousands of years.

The work considers the history of security rhetoric in a number of distinct but related contexts, including the United States' security strategy, the "war" on Big Tech, and current concerns such as cybersecurity. Focusing on the language of security discourse, it draws common threads from the ancient world to the present day and the near future. The book grounds recent comparisons of Donald Trump to the Emperor Nero in a linguistic evidence base. It examines the potential impact on society of policy-makers' emphasis on the novelty of cybercrime, their likening of the internet to the Wild West, and their claims that criminals have "gone dark". It questions governments' descriptions of technology companies in words normally reserved for terrorists, and asks who might benefit.

Interdisciplinary in approach, the book builds on existing literature in the Humanities and Social Sciences, most notably studies on rhetoric in Greco-Roman texts, and on the articulation of security concerns in law, international relations, and public policy contexts. It adds value to this body of research by offering new points of comparison, and a fresh but tried and tested way of looking at problems that are often presented as unprecedented. It will be essential to legal and policy practitioners, students of Law, Politics, Media, and Classics, and all those interested in employing critical thinking.






Victoria Baines is Visiting Fellow at Bournemouth University's School of Computing. She has held visiting research fellowships at the University of Oxford and lectured at Stanford University. Trained as a Classicist with a specialism in rhetoric in Roman literature, she worked as a law enforcement intelligence analyst and a technology company executive before returning to research. Her research touches on public policy, threat representation, surveillance, cyberspace and internet governance, and futures methods. She regularly contributes to media coverage on the misuse of social and emerging technologies.


Victoria Baines是伯恩茅斯大學計算機學院的訪問研究員。她曾在牛津大學擔任訪問研究員,並在斯坦福大學講授課程。她以古典學家的身份接受訓練,專攻羅馬文學中的修辭學,曾擔任執法情報分析師和科技公司高管,之後回歸研究領域。她的研究涉及公共政策、威脅呈現、監控、網絡空間和互聯網治理以及未來方法。她經常就社交和新興技術的誤用向媒體做出貢獻。