The Violent Image: Insurgent Propaganda and the New Revolutionaries Neville Bolt

ISBN: 9780231703161

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The Violent Image: Insurgent Propaganda and the New Revolutionaries  by  Neville Bolt

The Violent Image: Insurgent Propaganda and the New Revolutionaries by Neville Bolt
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Fast-moving, self-perpetuating images of violence have radically changed the nature of insurgency in modern times, and the global media trafficking in these images have fundamentally transformed the act and speed of the exchange among populations.MoreFast-moving, self-perpetuating images of violence have radically changed the nature of insurgency in modern times, and the global media trafficking in these images have fundamentally transformed the act and speed of the exchange among populations.

First satellite TV, then laptops and the Internet, and now cellphones and social media, new technologies have revolutionized the act of communication and have collapsed the impediments of time and distance. Rebels who hope to overthrow states and revolutionaries who aim to establish transnational, ideological communities have only to utilize these dynamic technologies to advance their goals. Yet trial and error has also taught a key lesson: in a visual world, the pull of the violent image is more powerful and resonant than the draw of the carefully-crafted word.Neville Bolt dives headfirst into the innovative strategies of todays revolutionaries and their fascinating appropriation of the nineteenth-century practice of propaganda of the deed, or the political act of violence.

No longer is the terrorist act simply a means to push governments to overreact, therefore shredding their legitimacy and credibility. The deed has instead become an efficient tool to initiate a campaign of shock and awe, exposing and exploiting the grievances that underlie communities fragile ties. Images of 9/11, 7/7, Abu Ghraib, and collateral damage are the contemporary weapons of choice. The Violent Image explores the emotional and psychological components of this visual moment of shock, or the binding of emotive pictures to messages causing popular uprisings.

From terrorist groups such as the Fenians and the Taliban to the architects of the ongoing Arab Spring, this study follows insurgents and their manipulation of violent imagery to build narratives and bring social change. Taking advantage of the war of ideas, new revolutionaries generate surges of support that spread virally through global networks, often so quickly that states are unable to respond in time and kind.

This book ultimately asks whether the world has reached a point in which insurgents and populations are driving images and ideas so rapidly that we are already in the grip of a new era of revolutionary politics.



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