Media Witnessing: Testimony in the Age of Mass Communication

Media Witnessing: Testimony in the Age of Mass Communication

by Paul Frosh
     
 

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Do mass media turn us all into witnesses, and what might this mean? From the Holocaust to 9/11, modern communications systems have incessantly exposed us to reports of far-flung and often horrifying events, experienced by people whom we do not know personally, and mediated by a range of changing technologies. What is the truth status of such 'media witnessing', and

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Do mass media turn us all into witnesses, and what might this mean? From the Holocaust to 9/11, modern communications systems have incessantly exposed us to reports of far-flung and often horrifying events, experienced by people whom we do not know personally, and mediated by a range of changing technologies. What is the truth status of such 'media witnessing', and how does it depend on journalists and media organizations? What are its social, cultural and political ramifications, and what kind of moral demands can it make of audiences to act on behalf of suffering strangers? What are its connections to historical forms of witnessing in other fields: legal, religious and scientific? And how is it tied to technological transformations in media, transformations that bridge distances in space and time and can make ordinary people the sources of extraordinary footage?

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'Why are witnesses to salient socio-political events so important in our age of global media reporting? Testimonies are sometimes the only chance to arrive at more information which would, otherwise, have been swept under the carpet. This excellent book elaborates on, and challenges, the complex and difficult roles of eye witnesses and of the media in truly innovative interdisciplinary ways. Everybody who deals with media in their everyday lives will be able to gain new insights.' - Professor Ruth Wodak, Lancaster University, UK

'This is a most valuable collection of essays. Innovative, engrossing and rewarding, it provides an excellent exploration of media witnessing and is definitely to be recommended.'

- European Journal of Communication

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780230269491
Publisher:
Palgrave Macmillan
Publication date:
11/27/2008
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
File size:
366 KB

Meet the Author

TAMAR ASHURI Lecturer in the Department of Communication Studies at Ben-Gurion University, Israel, and in the School of Communications at Sapir Academic College, Israel
MENAHEM BLONDHEIM Professor in the Department of Communication and Journalism and the Department of American Studies at The Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Israel
ROY BRAND Assistant Professor in the Department of Philosophy at Sarah Lawrence College, USA
JOHN ELLIS Professor of Media Arts at Royal Holloway, University of London, UK
ELIHU KATZ Trustee Professor at the Annenberg School for Communication, University of Pennsylvania, USA, and Emeritus Professor of Sociology and Communication at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and Scientific Director of the Guttman Institute of Applied Social Research, Israel
JOAN LEACH Convenor of the Science Communication Programme at the University of Queensland, Australia
TAMAR LIEBES Professor of Media and Journalism and holder of the Carl and Matilda Newhouse Chair in Communication at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Israel
JOHN DURHAM PETERS F.Wendell Miller Distinguished Professor of Communication Studies at the University of Iowa, USA
CARRIE A. RENTSCHLER Assistant Professor of Communication Studies in the Department of Art History and Communication Studies at McGill University, Canada
G?NTER THOMAS Professor of Protestant Theology at Ruhr-Universität Bochum, Germany

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