Naming Neda: Digital Discourse and the Rhetorics of Association

Authors: Gyori, B.

Journal: Journal of Broadcasting and Electronic Media

Volume: 57

Issue: 4

Pages: 482-503

eISSN: 1550-6878

ISSN: 0883-8151

DOI: 10.1080/08838151.2013.845826


This article analyzes several online discourses centering on the death of Neda Agha Soltan, a young Iranian shot and killed during Iran's post-election protests in the summer of 2009. Hours after the tragic event, cell phone footage of Agha Soltan dying on camera was posted online by an anonymous citizen-journalist. Immediately, media users began juxtaposing images sampled from the footage with words, texts, photographs, drawings, and music. All sorts of competing and complimentary discourses emerged as media makers attempted to define the significance of the life and death of a young woman who became known to millions as simply, Neda. © 2013 Copyright Taylor and Francis Group, LLC.

Source: Scopus

Preferred by: Brad Gyori