The Truth of the Word, the Falsity of the Image: Transmetropolitan's Critique of the Society of the Spectacle

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    In this article, Warren Ellis’s and Darrick Roberts’s 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.

    TitelElective Affinities : Testing Word and Image Relationships
    RedaktørerCatriona MacLeod, Véronique Plesch, Charlotte Schoell-Glass
    Antal sider12
    UdgivelsesstedAmsterdam/New York
    ForlagBrill | Rodopi
    ISBN (Trykt)978 90 420 2618 6
    StatusUdgivet - 2009
    NavnWord and Image Interactions


    • tegneserier
    • science fiction
    • visuel kultur