Chapter 3. What are the Images of Terror?

  1. Susan D. Moeller

Published Online: 2 MAR 2009

DOI: 10.1002/9781444306040.ch3

Packaging Terrorism: Co-Opting the News for Politics and Profit

Packaging Terrorism: Co-Opting the News for Politics and Profit

How to Cite

Moeller, S. D. (2009) What are the Images of Terror?, in Packaging Terrorism: Co-Opting the News for Politics and Profit, Wiley-Blackwell, Oxford, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781444306040.ch3

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 2 MAR 2009
  2. Published Print: 5 DEC 2008

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9781405173667

Online ISBN: 9781444306040

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Keywords:

  • images of terror and politics of images;
  • September 11, 2001 images - measure of who's winning global battle for hearts and minds;
  • Did Pictures Start to Matter - “Seeing suffering as powerful incentive to give”;
  • images for Americans' to understand “war's terrors”—especially terror wreaked by atomic weapons;
  • Life magazine on Ground Zero in Japan. “Pictures of body parts from 9/11 attacks”;
  • The Public's “Picture of the Year”;
  • ethos of defiance and patriotism - hours and days after World Trade Center's collapse;
  • headlines on Al Jazeera - Iraqi civilian casualties - US and British troops' bombing of civilian targets in Baghdad and Basra;
  • first post-9/11 hostage seizure - Wall Street Journal, reporter Daniel Pearl coming into world's attention;
  • “Cleaning Up” the Pictures - Pablo Torres Guerrero of El País of bombing in Madrid on March 11, 2004

Summary

This chapter contains sections titled:

  • The Politics of Images

  • When Did Pictures Start to Matter? Some History

  • “It's no time to be squeamish”: The “Jumpers” at the World Trade Center

  • The Public's “Picture of the Year”: The Flag-Raising at Ground Zero

  • “Is American blood more precious than Iraqi blood?” Ali Ismail Abbas and Pfc. Jessica Lynch

  • Terrorists Want an Audience, Too: Daniel Pearl, Nicholas Berg, and beyond

  • “Cleaning Up” the Pictures: Madrid and Fallujah

  • Losing Control of the Image: Official Photos, Snapshots, and Cameraphones

  • What do we Need to See? What do we Need to do?