Screening Protest brings together a range of scholarly perspectives on the study of protest mediations on television and in film. Arguing that the screen is a fruitful, if overlooked, analytical focus, the book explores how visual narratives of protest wander across borders – territorial, temporal and generic.
Chapters compare coverage of major protests in recent history by global news channels like Al Jazeera English, BBC World, CNN International and RT. They consider how geopolitical agendas, newsroom culture and the ubiquity of eyewitness footage shape the narration of events such as the ‘Umbrella Revolution’ in Hong Kong, anti-austerity protests in Greece, pro-EU mobilizations in the Ukraine and clashes in Ferguson. A focus on narrative allows authors to compare such news stories with popular cultural depictions of the protester, in films and television series such as The Hunger Games, Robin Hood and Suffragette. Although focussed on the screen, the scope of the book is broad, given its exploration of images distributed worldwide.
Written with both scholars and students in mind, Screening Protest will interest researchers in political science, sociology, media and film studies, as well as the general reader interested in current affairs.
Table of Contents
Chapter 1. Introduction Alexa Robertson Part I. Protest on global television Chapter 2. Protest on global television: protest maps, violence and voice Alexa Robertson, Luiza Chiroiu and Diana-Andreea Grecu Chapter 3. The protest paradigm and global television news narratives of dissent Alexa Robertson, Luiza Chiroiu and Madeleine Ceder Chapter 4. Mediating democracy: global television news and the Greek protests of 2015 Karina Schrettle Chapter 5. How the ubiquity of eyewitness media changes the mediation and visibility of protests in the news Max Hänska and Mike Bode Chapter 6. Icons of protest in the visual cultures of news Karin Becker Chapter 7. Protest, place, in pictures: the public square in Al Jazeera English photo essays Alexandra Gojowy and Alexa Robertson Part II. Protest on popular screens Chapter 8. From Robin Hood to Mr. Robot: popular-cultural narratives of protest on television Alexa Robertson Chapter 9. Audio visuals: protest and the popular music screen Diana-Andreea Grecu and Alexa Robertson Chapter 10. The militant suffrage campaign on screen Krista Cowman Chapter 11. Breaking news from Petrograd, 1917: remediated revolution as popular history Kristina Widestedt, Afterword
Alexa Robertson is Professor of Media and Communication at Stockholm University, Sweden. Her books include Media and Politics in a Globalized World (2015), Global News: Reporting Conflicts and Cosmopolitanism (2015), and Mediated Cosmopolitanism: The World of Television News (2010).
'In this book, the authors provide an important addition to existing research on the media representations of protest. Whereas this body of literature tends to focus on the press and on the textual, this book is analysing protest on screen, which inevitably implicates the visual. It does so in a systematic way and comparatively across different protests and a variety of broadcasters, presenting an impressive amount of data in an engaging way.'
Bart Cammaerts, Professor in Politics and Communication, The London School of Economics and Political Science, UK