Compassion Fatigue: How the Media Sell Disease, Famine, War and Death

Compassion Fatigue: How the Media Sell Disease, Famine, War and Death

by Susan D. Moeller, D. Moeller Susan
     
 

ISBN-10: 0415920973

ISBN-13: 9780415920971

Pub. Date: 09/28/1998

Publisher: Taylor & Francis

In her impassioned new book, Compassion Fatigue, Moeller warns that the American media threatens our ability to understand the world around us. Why do the media cover the world in the way that they do? Are they simply following the marketplace demand for tabloid-style international news? Or are they creating an audience that has seen too much—or too

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In her impassioned new book, Compassion Fatigue, Moeller warns that the American media threatens our ability to understand the world around us. Why do the media cover the world in the way that they do? Are they simply following the marketplace demand for tabloid-style international news? Or are they creating an audience that has seen too much—or too little—to care? Through a series of case studies of the "Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse"—disease, famine, death and war—Moeller investigates how newspapers, newsmagazines and television have covered international crises over the last two decades, identifying the ruts into which the media have fallen and revealing why.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780415920971
Publisher:
Taylor & Francis
Publication date:
09/28/1998
Pages:
398
Product dimensions:
6.30(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.30(d)
Lexile:
1370L (what's this?)

Table of Contents

Introduction: Riding with the Four Horsemen1
1Compassion Fatigue7
2Covering Pestilence: Sensationalizing Epidemic Disease55
3Covering Famine: The Famine Formula97
4Covering Death: The Americanization of Assassinations157
5Covering War: Getting Graphic About Genocide221
Conclusion309
Notes323
Acknowledgments373
Index377

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