Photojournalism And Foreign Policy: Icons Of Outrage In International Crises by David D. PerlmutterPhotojournalism And Foreign Policy: Icons Of Outrage In International Crises by David D. Perlmutter

Photojournalism And Foreign Policy: Icons Of Outrage In International Crises

byDavid D. Perlmutter

Paperback | October 1, 1998

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David Perlmutter examines concerns over the interplay of pictures in the press, elite decision-making and public opinion on foreign policy. His focus is on certain celebrated, indelible images that, it is said, sum up famous events, provoke moral outrage, mobilize public opinion, and spur government action: the icons of outrage. Discourse elites thrust greatness upon such images as well as frame their meaning and interpretation. The public only plays a marginal role in making icons; ordinary readers and viewers are, however, often resistant or indifferent to elite interpretation and pretensions of "outrage." To explore these ideas, Professor Perlmutter offers a series of case studies in crises in American foreign policy and the images that came to define and affect them: the Tet offensive in 1968, the Tiananmen events of 1989, and the Somalia intervention of 1992-1994. In each case, icons became sites of political struggle and argumentation, tools of policy rather than masters of it. Actual effects on public opinion are rarely found. Presidents, diplomats, pundits, and journalists, when confronting news images, apply a first person effect, projecting onto "all of America" or even "the whole world" their personal reaction to an icon. As Perlmutter shows, the influence of icons of outrage lies in their ability to focus debate, not in any power of visual determinism. He concludes that rather than worrying about how pictures affect policy, more attention should be paid to how politicians manage, frame, and "spin" images to win support for policies. A provocative study for students, scholars, and the public concerned with visual communication, the mass media, and current internationalaffairs.
Title:Photojournalism And Foreign Policy: Icons Of Outrage In International CrisesFormat:PaperbackDimensions:192 pages, 9.22 × 6.06 × 0.56 inPublished:October 1, 1998Publisher:Praeger PublishersLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0275963624

ISBN - 13:9780275963620

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"David Perlmutter has written a fine book about the impact of powerful photographs, and he comes away with some not-so-obvious conclusions....Perlmutter's writing: It is clear, simple and direct, a model for scholarly work. His solid writing and his clear sense of subordination demonstrate that academic work need not be stuffy or pretentious."-ICB