The meaning of Osama Bin Laden’s image has changed for Americans in the days since he was killed, argues Rebecca Adelman, assistant professor of media and communication studies, in an op-ed published in the Baltimore Sun on May 9.
“Bin Laden’s visibility has always been a problem, whether in his knack for making and keeping himself invisible to his pursuers or his tendency to appear unpredictably and unnervingly in videotaped messages,” writes Adelman. “Now that bin Laden is gone forever, the news media cannot get enough of his face because, finally and fully, we get to control the terms of its display.”
Adelman is currently writing her dissertation on the visual imagery of the war on terror. The full piece, “Bin Laden’s image: Looking into the face of evil,” can be read here.