Digital Icons: Memes, Martyrs and Avatars (Routledge Studies in New Media and Cyberculture)

December 9, 2020
Digital Icons: Memes, Martyrs and Avatars (Routledge Studies in New Media and Cyberculture)

This book offers critical perspectives on the digital ‘iconic’,exploring how the notion of the iconic is re-appropriated andre-made online, and the consequences for humanity and society.Examining cross-cultural case studies of iconic images in digitalspaces, the author offers original and critical analyses, theoriesand perspectives on the notion of the ‘iconic’, and on itsmovement, re-appropriation and meaning making on digitalplatforms.A carefully curated selection of case studies illustrates topicssuch as phantom memory; martyrdom; denigration and pornographicrecoding; digital games as simulacra; and memes as ‘artification’.Situating the notion of the iconic firmly within contemporarycultures, the author takes a thematic approach to investigate theiconic as an unstable and unfinished phenomenon online as ittravels through platforms temporally and spatially.The book will be an important resource for academics andstudents in the areas of media and communications, digital culture,cultural studies, visual communication, visual culture, journalismstudies and digital humanities.