ERIC Number: ED463546
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2002-Mar-22
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Mean E-Streets Violence beyond the Virtual: Authentic Suffering or Agitprop? Virtual Voices of Kosovo.
Wills, Katherine V.
This paper elaborates on the rhetorical uses of immigrants' life experiences as expressed through late technology of the Internet. The paper draws readers' attention to stories about refugees in electronic texts from the Kosovo War of 1998. It compares these materials to archival material about a Greek immigrant family from the 1954 "New York Journal" newspaper. The paper finds that in both descriptions of the immigrants' neopatriation, cutting-edge technology assists the refugees in their flight to America and their identify reconstruction in the American public eye; journalists, magazine writers, and those controlling technological dissemination of messages use late technologies (Internet, TV) to construct transformative refugee narratives. It notes that the plight and salvation of the "bootstrap" refugee serves as a recurrent rhetorical trope and concludes that imagemakers will construct the 1990s Kujtesa, the 1950s Tsioposes, and the 2001 Afgani and Muslim immigrant narratives in service of current narratology of flight from oppression to democracy. (NKA)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Identifiers - Location: Greece; Kosovo