Visual Terror: A Study of the Visual Compositions of the 9/11 Attacks and Major Attacks in the 'War on Terror' by British and French Television Networks
Shibli, Adania 2009. Visual Terror: A Study of the Visual Compositions of the 9/11 Attacks and Major Attacks in the 'War on Terror' by British and French Television Networks. PhD Thesis University of East London School of Social Sciences, Media and Cultural Studies
Over the past four decades, terrorism has gradually come to be seen as a central threat facing contemporary societies. However, the definition of the term remains highly contested; in particular, to which acts of violence it should apply and which not.
Aware of the complexity of formulating a universally accepted definition of terrorism, and proposing that this complexity is inherent in language itself, this study
While benefiting from an intensive interdisciplinarity integrating media studies, semiotics, post-structuralism, film theory, and art history this comparative visual analysis finds a striking similarity between the visual compositions which the four networks formed about the 9/11 attacks, both in what was shown and what was withheld from view. At the same time, it finds that these compositions are entirely dissimilar to the ones that the same four networks formed about the several attacks in the 'War on Terror'.
Nevertheless, the analysis finds that dissimilarities between the visual compositions, of both terrorism and the war on it, are not solely contingent on how each group of attacks unfolded in reality. Rather, various social and historical conditions and practices have intervened in creating them.
|Keywords||Terrorism; War on Terror; Television networks|
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|Deposited||07 Oct 2013|
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