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SIAMO INNOCENTI: Twitter and the Performative Practices of the ‘Real’ Amanda Knox

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Clifford, K, SIAMO INNOCENTI: Twitter and the Performative Practices of the Real' Amanda Knox, Transmedia Crime Stories: The Trial of Amanda Knox and Raffaele Sollecito in the Globalised Media Sphere, Springer, L Gies and M Bortoluzzi (ed), United Kingdom, pp. 89-110. ISBN 978-1-137-59003-9 (2016) [Research Book Chapter]

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Copyright 2016 The Editors and The Authors

DOI: doi:10.1057/978-1-137-59004-6_5

Abstract

On 11 February 2014, Amanda Knox posted a black-and-white ‘selfie’ on Twitter with the declaration SIAMO INNOCENTI (‘We Are Innocent’), handwritten on a placard held in front of her (Knox 2014a). Two weeks earlier, an Italian appeals court had reinstated guilty verdicts against her and former boyfriend, Raffaele Sollecito, for the 2007 murder of British university student, Meredith Kercher, in Perugia, Italy. The image was one of the few posted by Knox following her arrival onto Twitter several months earlier. Till then, she had posted a photograph of a Christmas tree to celebrate the holiday season and another of herself and close friend, Madison Paxton, holding a ‘Welcome Home Ryan!’ sign in reference to the release of Ryan Ferguson, who had spent ten years in prison for a murder he did not commit. By comparison, the SIAMO INNOCENTI image (allegedly taken by Paxton, a photographer in her own right) offered something potentially more complex and decisive: a stripped-down version of Knox as celebritised criminal identity, bare-faced and solemn. It was a direct and arguably deliberate contrast to the popularised image of the sex-crazed femme fatale ‘Foxy Knoxy’, which had circulated throughout much of the British and Italian press, following Knox’s arrest for Kercher’s murder. It was also an image that Knox would later use as the focal point for her personal website, amandaknox.com.

Item Details

Item Type:Research Book Chapter
Keywords:Amanda Knox, Twitter, identity construction, celebrity-criminality
Research Division:Language, Communication and Culture
Research Group:Communication and Media Studies
Research Field:Media Studies
Objective Division:Cultural Understanding
Objective Group:Communication
Objective Field:The Media
Author:Clifford, K (Dr Katrina Clifford)
ID Code:113114
Year Published:2016
Deposited By:Social Sciences
Deposited On:2016-12-13
Last Modified:2017-10-16
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