Infographics and their Role in the IS Propaganda Machine

Michael Glausch
2019 Contemporary Voices  
Although infographics form only a small portion of Islamic State (IS) propaganda, they provide an insight into the organisation's self-perception, strategy and long-term plans. This research paper analyses more than four hundred infographics published by official IS media units using Winter's (2018) thematic framework to categorise these images beyond the violence for which IS has become known. The three principal IS propaganda themes that Winter identified -Victimhood, Utopia and War -define
more » ... e core themes of these IS infographics. This paper's analysis shows that Religious Life and Summaries make up the majority of infographic sub-themes, while the primary theme Victimhood exists in the background, ultimately demonstrating that IS uses a combination of religiously based justification and state-building to solidify their position as a lasting power in the region.
doi:10.15664/jtr.1492 fatcat:63m4wnz75jhwrgozwvimllkfny