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Christiansen, Steen. "The Truth of the Word, the Falsity of the Image: transmetropolitan's critique of the society of the spectacle." Elective Affinities. Testing Word and Image Relationships. Eds. Catriona MacLeod, Véronique Plesch and Charlotte Schoell-Glass. Word & Image Interactions. Amsterdam [etc.]: Rodopi, 2009. 147–58. 
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Resource type: Book Chapter
Language: en: English
BibTeX citation key: Christiansen2009
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Keywords: "Transmetropolitan", Ellis. Warren, Intermediality, Journalism, Robertson. Darick, Science Fiction, Social criticism, United Kingdom, USA, Visual Culture
Creators: Christiansen, MacLeod, Plesch, Schoell-Glass
Publisher: Rodopi (Amsterdam [etc.])
Collection: Elective Affinities. Testing Word and Image Relationships
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Abstract
In this article, Warren Ellis’s and Darick Robertson’s [constantly called ‘Roberts’ throughout the whole article; ed.] science fiction comic book Transmetropolitan is shown to be a critique of the society of the spectacle, a warning against visual culture’s media saturation. Being at the same time both rebellious and nostalgic, the comic book reacts strongly against what it sees as the hyperreality of images, a condition which destroys meaning and empties the subject until humans are mere commodities. Using a cultural semiotics approach, I show how the comic book uses words to control the image, and to present strategies for opposition to dominant culture.
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