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How to analyze visual propaganda in the Middle East: An analysis of imagery in the “Saudi Strike Force Movie”

Walsh, Tom

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Authors

Thomas Walsh tom.j.walsh@durham.ac.uk
PGR Student Doctor of Philosophy



Abstract

This paper provides an innovative approach to visual analysis in the Middle East. It addresses a fundamental problem in the fields of Critical Discourse Analysis (CDA) and Securitization Theory (ST): they largely ignore the visual. This project develops a methodology for visual analysis. Its utility is demonstrated through an examination of a Saudi propaganda video, entitled “Saudi Strike Force Video.” When observing the Saudi-Iranian rivalry on social media, there is a prevalence of visceral visual propaganda. Thus, the need for the construction of a systematic model for its analysis is important in addressing this conceptual gap. CDA and ST are aligned on an essential belief that discourse is a power-laden process, and that to affect change, scholars must attempt to understand its production, articulation, and impact. Yet, both of these approaches tend to focus on the written and spoken word, negating the importance of the visual. This paper contends that the visual is equally power-laden, having a profound effect as a tool of propaganda

Citation

Walsh, T. (2022). How to analyze visual propaganda in the Middle East: An analysis of imagery in the “Saudi Strike Force Movie”. Digest of Middle East Studies, 31(2), 96-112. https://doi.org/10.1111/dome.12262

Journal Article Type Article
Acceptance Date Mar 21, 2022
Online Publication Date May 3, 2022
Publication Date May 3, 2022
Deposit Date May 31, 2022
Publicly Available Date May 31, 2022
Journal Digest of Middle East Studies
Print ISSN 1060-4367
Electronic ISSN 1949-3606
Publisher Wiley
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 31
Issue 2
Pages 96-112
DOI https://doi.org/10.1111/dome.12262

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