Image-encounters with the techno-mediated other: Regarding post-election Iran on Youtube

Hinkson, Melinda 2012, Image-encounters with the techno-mediated other: Regarding post-election Iran on Youtube, Angelaki: journal of the theoretical humanities, vol. 16, no. 4, pp. 131-143.

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Title Image-encounters with the techno-mediated other: Regarding post-election Iran on Youtube
Author(s) Hinkson, MelindaORCID iD for Hinkson, Melinda
Journal name Angelaki: journal of the theoretical humanities
Volume number 16
Issue number 4
Start page 131
End page 143
Total pages 12
Publisher Taylor & Francis
Place of publication Abingdon, Eng.
Publication date 2012-01-19
ISSN 1469-2899
Keyword(s) Youtube
mediated interaction
distant suffering
Summary In June 2009 large-scale public demonstrations on the streets of Tehran followed Mahmoud Ahmadinejad’s controversial claiming of victory in the Republic’s most recent election. As the scale of the unrest rapidly escalated, foreign journalists were expelled from the country and unprecedented numbers of Iranian journalists were imprisoned (Sreberny and Khiabany 176). Observers outside of Iran learned of the events as Iranians on the streets embraced image production and distribution as a central component of their protest. Evading the attempts of the regime to control media coverage of the post-election violence, Iranians uploaded rough footage, still images, and blog entries, seeking to make real their experiences for the international community. A stream of citizen-produced footage of mass demonstrations, beatings and deaths was relayed to the world at large via Internet-based social networking channels and mobile phones. This paper takes a series of images from the mediated turmoil in Iran as a prism through which to consider the problem of what it is that such images make real for distant observers.
Language eng
Field of Research 200299 Cultural Studies not elsewhere classified
160104 Social and Cultural Anthropology
190104 Visual Cultures
Socio Economic Objective 950201 Communication Across Languages and Culture
HERDC Research category C1.1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
ERA Research output type C Journal article
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