Shooting a Revolution
Visual Media and Warfare in Syria
Series: Digital Barricades
This ethnography uses the Syrian case to reflect more broadly on how the networked age reshapes contemporary warfare and impacts on the enactment of violence through images and on images. In stark contrast to the techno-utopias celebrating digital democracy and participatory cultures, Donatella Della Ratta’s analysis exposes the dark side of online practices, where visual regimes of representation and media production dramatically intertwine with modes of destruction and the performance of violence.
Exploring the most socially-mediated conflict of contemporary times, the book offers a fascinating insight into the transformation of warfare and life in the age of the internet.
Donatella Della Ratta is a writer specialising in media and visual cultures in Syria. She is the author of author of Shooting a Revolution (Pluto, 2018) and co-editor of Arab Media Moguls (IB Tauris, 2015). She has curated international exhibitions on art and cinema in Syria.
A Note on Transliteration
1. Making Media, Making the Nation: Syria's Tanwir in Neoliberal Times
2. The Whisper Strategy
3. The Death of Tanwir in Real-Time Drama
4. The People's 'Raised Hands'
5. Fear and Loathing on the Internet: The Paradoxes of Arab Networked Activism
6. Screen Fighters: Filming and Killing in Contemporary Syria
7. Syria's Image-Makers: Daesh Militants and Non-Violent Activists
8. Notes on a Theory of Violence and the Visual in the Networked Age
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