Köster, Werner: "Bilderverbot und Bilderstreit als Diskurselemente von Medienmentalitäten, anlässlich des Streits um die Mohammed-Karikaturen in Jyllands Posten." In: Zeitschrift für Literaturwissenschaft und Linguistik 36 (2006), S. 159–196.
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Keywords: Caricature, Interculturalism, Islam, Orientalism, Religion
Collection: Zeitschrift für Literaturwissenschaft und Linguistik
The essay analyses the function of ›big narratives‹ (Lyotard) concerning the cultural history of the West. These narratives draw on the influence that the Christian history of ideas still has on our modern media culture and media art, especially on the way this culture organizes ethical discourses on images. The narratives are ambivalent. On the one hand we are supposed to be well prepared to deal with the media images, because among the monotheistic religions only Christianity has given the image its basic legitimacy. On the other hand our culture still carries on a certain helpful distrust against media images that is also based on a Christian heritage. Rhetorically the anti-graven image commandment is still used even to express an uneasiness with today’s television war coverage. The narratives about our Christian heritage have certain geopolitical implications, that distinguish between the West and the Muslim or oriental culture. The essay tries to use Edward Saids concept of ›Orientalism‹ to refuse certain stereotypes concerning the Muslim media culture.
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