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Mediatizing death and suffering: rescripting visual stories of the refugee crisis as distant witnessing and mourning

Giaxoglou, Korina and Spilioti, Tereza 2018. Mediatizing death and suffering: rescripting visual stories of the refugee crisis as distant witnessing and mourning. In: Burger, Marcel, Thornborrow, Joanna and Fitzgerald, Richard eds. Discours des réseaux sociaux: enjeux publics, politiques et médiatiques, De Boeck, pp. 65-92.

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Abstract

This chapter provides a small story lens into the mediatization of death and suffering through practices of (social) media sharing of emblematic images. Drawing on narrative analysis and social semiotics, we examine how characters, time and place are drawn upon as resources for the visual-narrative remediation and mediatization of the refugee crisis. We argue that the visual emblematization of children as innocent victims of suffering relies on intertextual, iterative and portable plottings of characters, time and place in the context of ecstatic sharing of reworkings of particular emblematic images. Our findings suggest that such narrativization indexes moral and affective stances, placing networked publics in positions of distant witnessing and mourning that afford phatic communion in the sharing of the refugee crisis story in-the-making.

Item Type: Book Section
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: English, Communication and Philosophy
Additional Information: Copyright year 2017.
Publisher: De Boeck
ISBN: 9782807306028
Last Modified: 11 Mar 2021 15:30
URI: http://orca.cf.ac.uk/id/eprint/103313

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