Ideographs, Fragments, and Strategic Absences: An Ideographic Analysis of <Collateral Damage>

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This study examined the ideograph of <collateral damage> through an analysis of the Bush Administration's rhetoric as well as visual photographs of Iraqi civilian deaths. The project argues that the psycho-dynamic rhetoric of the Bush Administration during a time of visual censorship lead to the dehumanization of Iraqi civilian deaths during the War in Iraq. The method consisted of a textual analysis of the Bush Administration's rhetoric and continued with a content analysis of news media's photographs. The author argues that critics gain a deeper understanding of the disappearing dead phenomenon of Iraqi civilians by examining ideographic fragments of psycho-dynamic ... continued below

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Rhidenour, Kayla December 2008.

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This study examined the ideograph of <collateral damage> through an analysis of the Bush Administration's rhetoric as well as visual photographs of Iraqi civilian deaths. The project argues that the psycho-dynamic rhetoric of the Bush Administration during a time of visual censorship lead to the dehumanization of Iraqi civilian deaths during the War in Iraq. The method consisted of a textual analysis of the Bush Administration's rhetoric and continued with a content analysis of news media's photographs. The author argues that critics gain a deeper understanding of the disappearing dead phenomenon of Iraqi civilians by examining ideographic fragments of psycho-dynamic rhetoric.

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Rhidenour, Kayla. Ideographs, Fragments, and Strategic Absences: An Ideographic Analysis of <Collateral Damage>, thesis, December 2008; Denton, Texas. (digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc9742/: accessed July 18, 2018), University of North Texas Libraries, Digital Library, digital.library.unt.edu; .