The constant narration of Islam through mediated world events such as 9/11, 7/7, the Danish cartoons, the ‘teddy bear’ incident in Sudan, and the Glasgow Airport attack has suspended Islam into a unitary media narrative of violence and discord. This paper argues that Islam as an ideological discourse in a post-9/11 landscape becomes a media text narrated through the social imaginary of the ‘media event’. The enmeshing of text and image within the media economy binds Islam into a prism of cultural depravity where it is depicted, imagined and narrated through the media spectacle of horror, destruction and atavism. Islam as a media text in postmodernity becomes an archive which feeds a mediated new memory that positions it as a cultural binary to the civilized western world, depriving it of its rich cultural histories, intellectual traditions and philosophical trajectories. This mediated Islam signifies the conjoining of media imagery and archive with postmodernity’s preoccupation with risk.
|Keywords:||Islam, Media, Narrative, Discourse, Representation, Heterogenous, Globalization, Blogs|
Senior Lecturer, Media and Information Studies, University of Brighton, Moulsecomb, Brighton, UK
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