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Stafford, Richard Todd: "Towards an Epistemological Theory of Comics Journalism. Case Studies in Joe Sacco’s War Reportage." In: Public Knowledge Journal 3.1<> (7. Febr. 2013) 
Resource type: Web Article
Languages: englisch
Peer reviewed
BibTeX citation key: Stafford2011
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Categories: General
Keywords: Journalismus, Krieg, Reportagecomics, Sacco. Joe, USA
Creators: Stafford
Collection: Public Knowledge Journal
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In an environment that has made visual representations of news, politics, and history an especially contentious field for political struggle, the emergent genre of comics journalism attains special significance. Media theorists including Neil Postman and Susan Sontag have suggested that the epistemological biases of popular visual culture are inferior to those of typographical culture, while others have argued that the unique epistemology of comic books and graphic novels demands that we reassess the medium as a serious mode of communication. In reexamining Postman’s claims about visual culture with an eye towards the emerging genre of comics journalism, this paper proposes an epistemological theory of comics journalism that emphasizes the extent to which Joe Sacco’s representative texts link affective content with hard journalism, trouble strict distinctions between entertainment and serious public discourse, and critique mainstream typographic, photographic, and television journalism.
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