Digital/Commercial (In)visibility: The Politics of DAESH Recruitment Videos

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This article explores one aspect of digital politics, the politics of videos and more spe- cifically of DAESH recruitment videos. It proposes a practice theoretical approach to the politics of DAESH recruitment videos focused on the re-production of regimes of (in)visibility. The article develops an argument demonstrating specifically how digital and commercial logics characterize the aesthetic, circulatory, and infrastructuring practices re-producing the regime of (in)visibility. It shows that digital/commercial logics are at the heart of the combinatorial marketing of multiple, contradictory images of the DAESH polity in the videos; that they are core to the participatory, entrepreneurial, individua- lized and affective processes of contagion determining whom the videos reach and involve; and that they shape the sorting, linking, flagging and censoring of the videos that define their accessibility on the internet. The theoretical and political cost of overlooking these digital and commercial characteristics of DAESH visibility practices are high. It perpetuates misconceptions of how the videos work and what their politics are and it reinforces the digital Orientalism/Occidentalism in which these misconceptions are anchored.
OriginalsprogEngelsk
TidsskriftEuropean Journal of Social Theory
Vol/bind20
Udgave nummer3
Sider (fra-til)348-372
Antal sider25
ISSN1368-4310
DOI
StatusUdgivet - aug. 2017

Bibliografisk note

Published online: September 22, 2016

Emneord

  • Commercial security
  • Digital culture
  • Neo-liberal politics
  • Radical islam
  • Visual theory

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