Rocket Man and the Rocket Nation: Visual Portrayals of North Korea

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This chapter explores visual representations of North Korea across a range of American news media outlets. Drawing on literature from visual framing and media studies, it examines the visuals employed in news media discourse surrounding North Korea, focusing on photographs and political cartoons, as well as cover stories from Newsweek magazine. This chapter finds that North Korea is visually represented most commonly through images of Kim Jong-un, and that Kim is in turn usually featured with missiles. In addition to delineating between the types of visual arguments made using images portraying North Korea, this chapter also discusses the metonymic functions of these images, through which the whole of North Korea is seen to be represented and encapsulated by a small number of specific images. The implications of the coverage are also discussed.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationDiplomatic and Mediated Arguments in the North Korean Crisis
PublisherPalgrave Macmillian
Number of pages294
Publication statusPublished - May 2021


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