The mourning news: reporting violent death in a global age

"A conventional wisdom in media studies is that 'when it bleeds it leads'. The media loves violence and from the newsroom perspective, negative news is good news. Violent death often makes it to the headlines, and mass violent death events often become media events that receive immedi...

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Published in:Global crises and the media
Main Author: Morse, Tal
Contributors: Peter Lang Publishing Inc.
Format: Print Book
Language:English
Published: New York Bern Frankfurt Berlin Brussels Vienna Oxford Warsaw Peter Lang [2018]
In:Global crises and the media
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Summary:"A conventional wisdom in media studies is that 'when it bleeds it leads'. The media loves violence and from the newsroom perspective, negative news is good news. Violent death often makes it to the headlines, and mass violent death events often become media events that receive immediate continuous attention worldwide. However, reporting violent death is not only about sending information, but also about the maintenance of society. News about violent death function as media rituals which elicit grief and inform a sense of care and belonging. Accordingly, this book takes a broader sociological and anthropological approach to considering the role of death and the media in organizing social life in a global age. Based on literature on solidarity and social cohesion, death rituals, media rituals, and journalism studies, this book examines whether and how the performance of the media at the occurrence of mass violent death events informs solidarity and interconnectedness on a cosmopolitan level. The book develops the analytics of grievability as an analytical framework that unpacks the ways in which news about death construct grievable death and articulates relational ties between spectators and sufferers. The book employs the analytics of grievability in a comparative manner and analyses the coverage of three different case studies (terror attack, war and natural disaster) by two transnational news networks (BBC World News and Al-Jazeera English). This comparative analysis showcases the centrality of news media in selectively cultivating a sense of cosmopolitan solidarity in a global age"--
Solidarity, rituals and the media -- The mediatisation of death -- Global crisis reporting and cosmopolitanism -- Towards the analytics of mediatised grievability -- Empathising grief: the case of the 2011 Norway attacks -- Judicial grief and condemnatory grief: the case of the 2008-2009 Gaza War -- Moving grief: the case of the 2010 Haiti earthquake -- Mediatised grief and the fallacy and promise of cosmopolitanism
Physical Description:xvi, 267 Seiten 9 Illustrationen
ISBN:1433144646
9781433144639
9781433144646