Transnational Media Events

The Mohammed Cartoons and the Imagined Clash of Civilizations

In September 2005, a newspaper in Denmark published 12 cartoons depicting Mohammed, the holy Prophet of Islam. Soon after publication, these pictures became part of various events, political projects and diplomatic action. All over the world, the cartoons – or interpretations of them – were connected to discursive struggles that pre-existed their drawing and publication. The cartoon event thus extended well beyond its immediate dramatic phase of spring 2006, both into the past and the future, and became at least a small landmark case of post-9/11 global media history.

In this book, a community of international media researchers collects some of the lessons learned and questions provoked and offered by media coverage of the Mohammed cartoons in 16 countries, ranging from Denmark, Egypt and Argentina to Pakistan and Canada. The book looks at the coverage of the cartoons and related incidents through a number of conceptual lenses: political spin, free speech theory, communication rights, the role of visuals and images in global communication, Orientalism and its counter-discourses, media’s relations to immigration policy, and issues of integration. Through this approach, the book aims at a nuanced understanding of the cartoon controversy itself as well as at more general insights into the role of the media in contemporary transnational and transcultural relations.

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Preface

I. INTRODUCTION

Contrapuntal Readings. Transnational Media Research and the Cartoon Controversy as a Global News Event

Elisabeth Eide
Risto Kunelius
Angela Phillips

A Long and Messy Event

Peter Hervik
Elisabeth Eide
Risto Kunelius

The Twelve Cartoons. A Discursive Inquiry

Amin Alhassan

II. PROFESSIONAL ISSUES

Original Spin and Its Side Effects. Freedom of Speech as Danish News Management

Peter Hervik

Complexities of an Ideology in Action. Liberalism and the Cartoon Affair

Risto Kunelius
Amin Alhassan

Who Spoke and Who was Heard in the Cartoons Debate?

Angela Phillips

The Power of Pictures in Journalistic Discourse. As News, as Commentary, as Art

Karin Becker

When Foreign News Remains Foreign. Cartoon Controversies in the US and Argentine Press

Stephanie Craft
Silvio Waisbord

III. CROSSING BOUNDARIES

The Loop of Labelling. Orientalism, Occidentalism and the Cartoon Crisis

Elisabeth Eide

The Bubble World of Polarization. Failing to Realize the Blind Spots in the Cartoon Controversy

Ibrahim Saleh

Pictures Travel, Discourses Do Not. Decontextualisation and Fragmentation in Global Media Communication

Oliver Hahn

Integration through Insult?

Carolina Boe
Peter Hervik

Ourselves and Our Others. Minority Protest and National Frames in Press Coverage

Angela Phillips
Hillel Nossek

Between the Ritual and the Rational. From Media Events to Moments of Global Public Spheres?

Risto Kunelius
Hillel Nossek

Afterword. In Quest of Ever Better Heresies

John Durham Peters

Notes on Contributors

Utgivare: 
Nordicom
Publicerad: 
2008-11
Sidantal: 
290
ISBN: 
978-91-89471-64-1
Språk: 
Engelska
Format: 
Tryckt, PDF
Serie: 
Nordicom bokserie
280,00 kr
30,00 EUR