I can't tell my history without taking you to the Ohio town where I grew up. It's a military town, and this essay revolves around a particular military custom known as a tattoo. Here, the location (a military base) and activity (a celebration of military strength) combine in an American performance of freedom that is implicitly backed by threats of violence. In this way, a small-town celebration on the 4th of July suggests that to live in post-9/11 America is to inhabit a place of tumult, fear, and boredom.
Freedom's Call: Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, June 2010
Sean Gleason received his PhD from the School of Communication Studies at Ohio University. Correspondence to: Sean Gleason, School of Communication Studies, Ohio University, 400 Schoonover Center, 20 E. Union Street, Athens, OH 45701, USA. Email: email@example.com.
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Sean Gleason; Freedom's Call: Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, June 2010. Departures in Critical Qualitative Research 1 June 2017; 6 (2): 76–77. doi: https://doi.org/10.1525/dcqr.2017.6.2.76
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