Promoting Extreme Violence: Visual and Narrative Analysis of Select Ultraviolent Terror Propaganda. Videos Produced by the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) in 2015 and 2016
Terrorism and Political Violence
By Venkatesh,V., Podoshen, J.S., Wallin, J., Rabah,J. & Glass, D.
This paper examines aspects of violent, traumatic terrorist video propaganda produced by the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) within the theoretical confines of abjection and the use of utopian/dystopian themes. These themes have been present in a number of studies that have examined consumption of the dark dystopic variety. We seek to elucidate on the use of specific techniques and narratives that are relatively new to the global propaganda consumer space and that relate to horrific violence. Our work here is centred on interpretative analysis and theory building that we believe can assist in understanding and interpreting post-apocalyptic and abject-oriented campaigns in the age of social media and rapid transmission of multimedia communications.