This chapter concludes the book by discussing the implications of its analysis. Importantly, sociopolitical reality requires more than a single authoritative pronouncement to be established. It is through multiple, overlapping discursive encounters that social meanings are constructed and contested. Understanding the power of political discourse to shape sociopolitical reality therefore requires a focus on intertextuality. Moreover, since any piece of discourse is exposed to potential resignification in new settings, the examination of the intertextual connections in political discourse also holds the key to understanding the roots of social transformation. The chapter closes the comprehensive look at the Bush administration’s discourse about terrorism in light of the shifting rhetorical landscape brought on by the new Obama administration.
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