Date of Original Version

12-1-2013

Type

Thesis

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Abstract or Description

Using Rolling Stone’s August 2013 cover image of Dzhokhar Tsarnaev and the ensuing outrage as a case study, this essay explores the conditions and processes that allowed this controversy to arise. From a theoretical basis that combines semiotics and Foucauldian discourse analysis, I will argue that the ways in which images are created, used, and interpreted are processes that follow a distinct set of protocols. Though the relationships shared between certain images and sentiments appear to be “natural,” they are actually the result of a specific combination of historic and cultural influences.

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Advisor: Nico Slate

Department of History

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