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Controversial Images: Media Representations on the Edge Feona Attwood

Controversial Images: Media Representations on the Edge

Feona Attwood

Published December 7th 2012
ISBN : 9780230284050
Hardcover
312 pages
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The media are inextricable from controversy yet controversy is an under-theorized term in studies of the media, even though controversies over specific images, from video nasties to snapshots from Abu Ghraib, have structured our understanding ofMoreThe media are inextricable from controversy yet controversy is an under-theorized term in studies of the media, even though controversies over specific images, from video nasties to snapshots from Abu Ghraib, have structured our understanding of the medias power, seductiveness and dangers. This collection offers a series of case studies of recent media controversies and draws on new perspectives in cultural studies to consider a wide variety of types of image, including newspaper cartoons, advertising and fashion photography, music videos, photojournalism, news media, art works, hardcore porn film, anime, horror and exploitation movies, video games, and YouTube reaction videos. In the current climate when images appear to be increasingly controversial, it is important that media controversies are not made the excuse for greater censorship and the demonization of dangerous images and the audiences that consume them. The case studies in this book suggest how we might achieve a more subtle understanding of controversial images and negotiate the difficult terrain of the new media landscape.