Legacies of the Degraded Image in Violent Digital Media

  • Stuart Marshall Bender

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
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  3. Stuart Marshall Bender
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  4. Stuart Marshall Bender
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  7. Back Matter
    Pages 141-144

About this book


This book undertakes a concentrated study of the impact of degraded and low-quality imagery in contemporary cinema and real-world portrayals of violence. Through a series of case studies, the book explores examples of corrupted digital imagery that range from mainstream cinema portrayals of drone warfare and infantry killing, through to real-world recordings of terrorist attacks and executions, as well as perpetrator-created murder videos live-streamed on the internet. Despite post-modernist concerns of cultural inurement during the seminal period of digitalized and virtualized killing in the 1990s, real-world reactions to violent media indicate that our culture is anything but desensitized to these media depictions. Against such a background, this book is a concentrated study of how these images are created and circulated in the contemporary media landscape and how the effect and affect of violent material is impacted by the low-resolution aesthetic. Stuart Marshall Bender is an Early Career Research Fellow at Curtin University, Australia, exploring the digital aesthetics of violence. A scholar and filmmaker, he has published work in The Journal of Popular Film & Television, M/C Journal, First Monday and had films screened in competition at a range of international festivals.


Degraded visual imagery Low-resolution Surveillance cinema Aesthetics of violence Poor image Degraded aesthetic

Authors and affiliations

  • Stuart Marshall Bender
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  1. 1.School of Media, Culture, and Creative ArtsCurtin UniversityPerthAustralia

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