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[ecrea] New Book – Shooting a Revolution: Visual Media and Warfare in Syria

Fri Nov 23 15:22:42 GMT 2018

book release -
out with Pluto Press Nov 2018

/Shooting a Revolution: Visual Media and Warfare in Syria/
/Donatella Della Ratta
/Pluto Press, November 2018/

From ISIS propaganda videos to popular regime-backed TV series and digital activism, the Syrian conflict has been dramatically affected by the production of media, at the same time generating in its turn an impressive visual culture. Yet what are the aesthetic, political and material implications of the collusion between the production of this sheer amount of visual media being continuously shared and re-manipulated on the Internet, and the performance of the conflict on the ground?

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.


1. Making Media, Making the Nation: Syria's Tanwir in Neoliberal Times
2. Market and Politics' Elective Affinities: The Whisper Strategy
3. The Death of Tanwir in Real Time Drama
4. Toward New Political and Cultural Forms: The People's 'Raised Hands'
5. Fear and Loathing on the Internet: The Paradoxes of Arab Digital 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

'/This gripping work maps the media transformations in Syria - from the high hopes during the 2011 protests to the depression and despair of a never-ending war... what hits us most is Della Ratta's deep insider knowledge to blend personal insights with urgent critical theory. Tactical media theory at its best' - /

/Geert Lovink, founding director of the Institute of Network Culture, author of Networks Without a Cause /


/'In this innovative and original book, Donatella Della Ratta critically engages with the visualization of violence and the violence inherent to visuality, in the Syrian conflict. Essential reading for scholars of media, visual cultures, film, politics, political economy and sociology and those interested in understanding war in the digital age' - /


/Dina Matar, Head, Centre for Global Media and Communication, SOAS/

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