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Media witnessing: exploring the audience of distant suffering

Kyriakidou, Maria 2015. Media witnessing: exploring the audience of distant suffering. Media, Culture and Society 37 (2) , pp. 215-231. 10.1177/0163443714557981

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Abstract

This article aims at demonstrating the relevance of the concept of ‘media witnessing’ as an analytical lens for the study of audience engagement with media reports of distant suffering. Drawing upon existing theoretical work on the concept, the article approaches media witnessing as a distinct modality of audience experience and constructs an analytical framework for its study. Applying this framework on an empirical study of Greek audiences, the article provides a typology of witnessing, consisting of four different types of audience engagement with media stories of human suffering. This typology illustrates the complexities inherent in the practice of watching suffering on television, as well as the limitations of mediated cosmopolitan imagination.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Journalism, Media and Culture
Publisher: SAGE Publications (UK and US)
ISSN: 0163-4437
Date of First Compliant Deposit: 11 June 2018
Last Modified: 11 Jun 2018 20:24
URI: http://orca.cf.ac.uk/id/eprint/111186

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