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Iconic Images of the Death, LIFE and the Cosmos: The Construction of Mass-Mediated Epiphany

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This project investigates the early contextualization of a particular subset of iconic images which might best be labeled “cosmic” icons. Unlike other iconic images of human history, conflict and suffering, these images have been credited not with socio-cultural metonymy but with cosmic epiphany; near religious realizations about life, death and eternity. They serve as useful examples for the larger theoretical discussion of iconicity, epiphany, and the public’s relationship with science, and include: the 1945 mushroom cloud from Hiroshima; the floating fetus photographed by Lennart Nilsson published in 1965, and the “Whole Earth” photographed from space in 1972. Their enduring significance obscures their debut to the audience. By returning to their earliest contexts it becomes possible to understand how such images do their cultural work. Our increasingly frenetic media environment demands that we learn more about how any artifact could prompt the audience to pause and ponder about the cosmos.

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Bock, Mary. "Iconic Images of the Death, LIFE and the Cosmos: The Construction of Mass-Mediated Epiphany" Paper presented at the annual meeting of the International Communication Association 65th Annual Conference, Caribe Hilton, San Juan, Puerto Rico, May 21, 2015 <Not Available>. 2018-02-13 <http://citation.allacademic.com/meta/p985583_index.html>

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Bock, M. A. , 2015-05-21 "Iconic Images of the Death, LIFE and the Cosmos: The Construction of Mass-Mediated Epiphany" Paper presented at the annual meeting of the International Communication Association 65th Annual Conference, Caribe Hilton, San Juan, Puerto Rico Online <APPLICATION/PDF>. 2018-02-13 from http://citation.allacademic.com/meta/p985583_index.html

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Abstract: This project investigates the early contextualization of a particular subset of iconic images which might best be labeled “cosmic” icons. Unlike other iconic images of human history, conflict and suffering, these images have been credited not with socio-cultural metonymy but with cosmic epiphany; near religious realizations about life, death and eternity. They serve as useful examples for the larger theoretical discussion of iconicity, epiphany, and the public’s relationship with science, and include: the 1945 mushroom cloud from Hiroshima; the floating fetus photographed by Lennart Nilsson published in 1965, and the “Whole Earth” photographed from space in 1972. Their enduring significance obscures their debut to the audience. By returning to their earliest contexts it becomes possible to understand how such images do their cultural work. Our increasingly frenetic media environment demands that we learn more about how any artifact could prompt the audience to pause and ponder about the cosmos.


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