oa African Yearbook of Rhetoric - Sovereign terror, legal style, Giambattista Vico, and the military drone as rhetorical archetype

Volume 9 Number 1
  • ISSN : 2220-2188
  • E-ISSN: 2305-7785




Here come the eagles. There go the locusts. The sky delivers the hand of God as well as fallen angels on their Hell-bound descent. We welcome the spring sunshine, and shelter from the cyclones. Rain gives life while space junk burns through the stratosphere. From above comes the invisible hand of capitalism, apportioning wealth and destitution, and manufacturing privileged oases alongside toxic ruins. Airplanes deliver emergency food-aid and tons of bombs. Gods and monsters dwell in deep space, so in the sky, as on earth, humanity can greet its most perfected and horrendous mutations. And from our airspace descends the topic of this article – drones. Drones, or unmanned aerial vehicles [UAVs], deliver figurative payloads that interconnect the political, religious, capitalistic, visual and visceral global society.

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