This book explores the ideas of key thinkers and media practitioners who have examined images and icons of war and terror.
Icons of War and Terror explores theories of iconic images of war and terror, not as received pieties but as challenging uncertainties; in doing so, it engages with both critical discourse and conventional image-making. The authors draw on these theories to re-investigate the media/global context of some of the most iconic representations of war and terror in the international ‘risk society’. Among these photojournalistic images are:
This book will be of great interest to students of media and war, sociology, communications studies, cultural studies, terrorism studies and security studies in general.
"There is much to admire in this book. It covers a range of wars that have taken place over the past few decades - Bangladesh, Kosovo, 9/11 and the the Gulf Wars. I found Icons of War and Terror extremely worthwhile. It was very readable and an intelligent analysis of complex problems. It is certainly a book that should be coupled with Susan Sontag's work and the range of other quality analyses of the current incarnation of warfare and lethal violence." - Jeff Lewis, Professor of Media and Cultural Politics at RMIT University, e-IR, December 2012
Introduction Image: Nedia 1. Guernica: Icon of State Terror Image: Simon Schama and Guernica 2. Ways of Seeing the Napalmed Girl: Icons of Agony and Beauty Image: The Napalmed Girl 3.Two Bangladeshi Boys and Public Culture: Iconic or Absent Images: Two Boys in Bangladesh; the Shamed One 4. ‘The Gulf War Did Not Take Place’: Smart-Weapon Imaging Images: Carnage at Amiryah Shelter 5. Picturing Kosovo: Virtual, New or Old War? Image: The Serbian massacre of Kosovar Albanian villagers at Racak. 6.‘Change Everything’? Icons out of a Clear Blue Sky Images: the second of the Twin Towers attacked by a plane on 9/11 7. Shock Doctrine in Iraq: the 'Marlboro Marine' and 'Shock and Awe' Images: ‘Shock and Awe’; the Marlboro Marine 8. Abu Ghraib, Regimes of Looking and Risk: Icons, Index and Symbol Images: Abu Ghraib – the hooded man 9. Witnessing Terrorism in New York and London: Trauma Icons Images: the ‘Falling Man’; iconic image of John Tulloch after the 7/7 terrorist attack 10. Culture Warriors: Images of the Colonial, Then and Now Image: Julie Dowling’s ‘Walyer’ Conclusion: Walls and Borders