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"Come on, let us shoot!": WikiLeaks and the cultures of militarization

Allan, Stuart and Andén-Papadopoulos, Kari 2010. "Come on, let us shoot!": WikiLeaks and the cultures of militarization. TOPIA: Canadian Journal of Cultural Studies (23-24) , pp. 244-253.

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Abstract

This paper explores the controversy generated by the nonprofit WikiLeaks website’s posting of a video documenting the shooting of a group of civilians by U.S. forces situated in a helicopter gunship hovering over a Baghdad neighbourhood. Sparking press attention around the world, the brutal rawness of the black and white footage—compounded by the harrowing exchanges between the air crew recorded on the audio track—proved acutely unsettling to viewers otherwise habituated to routine (effectively sanitized) renderings of the horrors of a warzone. This paper considers the video as an instance where the cultural normalization of militarization was disrupted in ideological terms, thereby threatening to unravel officially-sanctioned relations of communicative power.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Journalism, Media and Cultural Studies
Subjects: P Language and Literature > PN Literature (General)
Publisher: York University
ISSN: 1206-0143
Last Modified: 04 Jun 2017 06:12
URI: http://orca-mwe.cf.ac.uk/id/eprint/57246

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