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Distant suffering in audience memory: the moral hierarchy of remembering

Kyriakidou, Maria ORCID: 2014. Distant suffering in audience memory: the moral hierarchy of remembering. International Journal of Communication 8 , pp. 1474-1494.

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Confronted with images of distant suffering on a frequent basis, television viewers are often invited to take a moral stance. This article argues that illustrative of the viewers’ moral engagement with such news stories is the way they remember them. It studies the practice of media remembering as the discursive reconstruction of events witnessed through the media. Drawing upon empirical material from focus group discussions with Greek audiences, the article argues that there is a moral hierarchy in the way viewers remember distant suffering. This hierarchy, constructed through the intertwined processes of remembering and forgetting, reflects the political and cultural frameworks viewers employ in making sense of distant disasters.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Published Online
Status: Published
Schools: Journalism, Media and Culture
Additional Information: This is an open access article under the CC-BY-NC-ND license.
ISSN: 1932-8036
Date of First Compliant Deposit: 4 June 2018
Last Modified: 04 May 2023 22:59

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