publication . Thesis . 2017

Playing the villain : understanding the punishment and portrayal of terrorists

Spens, Christiana;
Open Access English
  • Published: 17 Jul 2017
  • Publisher: University of St Andrews
  • Country: United States
Playing the Villain argues that the portrayal and punishment of terrorists in the Western media perpetuates colonialist attitudes, due to the visual connections between these modern images and past or fictional representations of iconic, punished villains. A theory of scapegoating related to intervisuality supports this argument, by explaining that as a ritual dependent on and developed by cultural history and mythology, scapegoating requires engagement with recognisable visual motifs that repeat and perpetuate Western, colonialist attitudes. Underlying, repeated narrative patterns ensure that the scapegoating ritual functions in a way that is cathartic and buil...
free text keywords: Terrorists, Portrayal, Punishment, Representation, Media, P96.T47S7, Terrorism in mass media, Scapegoat
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