9780230551497

Media Witnessing Testimony in the Age of Mass Communication

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  • ISBN13:

    9780230551497

  • ISBN10:

    0230551491

  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 2009-01-15
  • Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan

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Summary

From the Holocaust to 9/11, modern communications systems have incessantly exposed us to reports of distant and horrifying events, experienced by strangers, and brought to us through media technologies. In this book leading scholars explore key questions concerning the truth status and broader implications of 'media witnessing'.

Author Biography

PAUL FROSH is Assistant Professor and Lecturer, Department of Communication and Journalism, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Israel. He is the author of The Image Factory: Consumer Culture, Photography and the Visual Content Industry.

AMIT PINCHEVSKI is Assistant Professor and Lecturer, Department of Communication and Journalism, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Israel. He is the author of By Way of Interruption: Levinas and the Ethics of Communication.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgmentsp. vii
Notes on the Contributorsp. viii
Introduction: Why Media Witnessing? Why Now?p. 1
Perspectives on Media Witnessing
Witnessingp. 23
An Afterword: Torchlight Red on Sweaty Facesp. 42
Telling Presences: Witnessing, Mass Media, and the Imagined Lives of Strangersp. 49
Mundane Witnessp. 73
Witness as a Cultural Form of Communication: Historical Roots, Structural Dynamics, and Current Appearancesp. 89
Archaic Witnessing and Contemporary News Mediap. 112
Performances of Media Witnessing
Witnessing as a Fieldp. 133
From Danger to Trauma: Affective Labor and the Journalistic Discourse of Witnessingp. 158
Scientific Witness, Testimony, and Mediationp. 182
Witnessing Trauma on Filmp. 198
Indexp. 216
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