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Rhetorical Terrorism

Title: Rhetorical Terrorism: Online News Visual Representation of Suicide Bombing.
Name(s): Handler, Lauren Krista, author
Young, Marilyn J., professor directing thesis
Elmer, Greg, committee member
Opel, Andy, committee member
School of Communication Science and Disorders, degree granting department
Florida State University, degree granting institution
Type of Resource: text
Genre: Text
Issuance: monographic
Date Issued: 2004
Publisher: Florida State University
Place of Publication: Tallahassee, Florida
Physical Form: computer
online resource
Extent: 1 online resource
Language(s): English
Abstract/Description: This study rhetorically analyzes online news images of suicide bombing. I compare and contrast the visual representation of five different suicide bombing events. I gathered 181 images and 500 websites from the Google search engine, specifically from the Google News feature. Roland Barthes, Michael McGee, Stuart Hall, Susan Sontag and Grounded Theory all serve as theoretical underpinnings for the final analysis and discussion. My findings reveal that militaries create harmony; suicide bombing is the primary cause of death; terrorism is the main source of destruction; the official (governmental) response to terrorism is more visually reported about than civilian responses; and computer generated graphics are the product of journalistic/occupational convenience. Two broad observations are made about the data: namely, there is little visual variety among news sources when visually reporting about suicide bombing, and suicide bombing is visually constructed as being a cause and not an effect of conflict.
Identifier: FSU_migr_etd-4290 (IID)
Submitted Note: A Thesis submitted to the Department of Communication in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the degree of Master of Science.
Degree Awarded: Fall Semester, 2004.
Date of Defense: August 11, 2004.
Keywords: Suicide Bombing, Terrorism, Media, Rhetoric, Rhetorical Analysis, Photojournalism, Ideograph
Bibliography Note: Includes bibliographical references.
Advisory Committee: Marilyn J. Young, Professor Directing Thesis; Greg Elmer, Committee Member; Andy Opel, Committee Member.
Subject(s): Communication
Communicative disorders
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Owner Institution: FSU

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Handler, L. K. (2004). Rhetorical Terrorism: Online News Visual Representation of Suicide Bombing. Retrieved from