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Digital Icons
Memes, Martyrs and Avatars

ISBN 9780367445539
Published October 5, 2020 by Routledge
162 Pages

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Book Description

This book offers critical perspectives on the digital ‘iconic’, exploring how the notion of the iconic is re-appropriated and re-made online, and the consequences for humanity and society. Examining cross-cultural case studies of iconic images in digital spaces, the author offers original and critical analyses, theories and perspectives on the notion of the ‘iconic’, and on its movement, re-appropriation and meaning making on digital platforms.

A carefully curated selection of case studies illustrates topics such as phantom memory; martyrdom; denigration and pornographic recoding; digital games as simulacra; and memes as ‘artification’. Situating the notion of the iconic firmly within contemporary cultures, the author takes a thematic approach to investigate the iconic as an unstable and unfinished phenomenon online as it travels through platforms temporally and spatially.

The book will be an important resource for academics and students in the areas of media and communications, digital culture, cultural studies, visual communication, visual culture, journalism studies and digital humanities.

Table of Contents

1. An Introduction: Digital Icons  2.The Shoe and the American President  3.Martyrdom and the Mobile Phone  4. Tank Man as the Unknown Icon  5.The ‘Jihadi Bride’ as a Media Icon  6. The Iconic Migrant Body  7. The Napalm Girl and Platform Capital  8. Digital Icons – Recombined with Speed in the Digital Age

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Yasmin Ibrahim is Professor of Digital Economy and Culture at Queen Mary, University of London.