Images in Use

Towards the critical analysis of visual communication

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  • Editors: Matteo Stocchetti1, and Karin Kukkonen2
  • Format: PDF
  • Publication Year: 2011
  • e-Book ISBN 9789027284167

News coverage of EU negotiations, children’s war memories or TV series glamourising political processes – images pervade both private and public discourse, and visual communication plays a key role in our social negotiation of values. Conceptualising images as “images in use”, this volume considers the agencies behind visual communication and its impact on society. <br /> <i>Images in Use</i> engages critically with traditional approaches to visual analysis, offers suggestions for alternative, socially situated analyses of images and demonstrates the explanatory force of thinking through “images in use” in a series of case studies. The conceptual contributions consider broader issues of critical theory, representation, as well as the mediatisation of politics. The case studies offer a survey of current visual communication including news coverage, political cartoons, political rhetoric, memory culture, celebrity humanitarianism, reality TV, as well as the narratives of blockbuster cinema and comics. <br />This volume proposes a new approach to visual communication, situating images in their social contexts and identifying the real, rhetorical and political impact of their use.

Subjects: Communication Studies; Semiotics; Pragmatics

  • Affiliations: 1: ARCADA University of Applied Sciences; 2: University of Oxford

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