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Media events, spectacles and risky globalization: a critical review and possible avenues for future research

Seeck, Hannele ORCID: 0000-0001-6209-651X and Rantanen, Terhi ORCID: 0000-0002-5345-6699 (2015) Media events, spectacles and risky globalization: a critical review and possible avenues for future research. Media, Culture and Society, 37 (2). 163 - 179. ISSN 0163-4437

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Identification Number: 10.1177/0163443714553493


We review the research conducted to date on media events and media spectacles. We posit that the main phenomena challenging the current conceptualizations of media event and media spectacle are (1) the understanding of risk, (2) the context of disasters and (3) globalization and the mediation of news in the context of transnational and transitional societies. We suggest that more research on disruptive events is needed. In the context of the new media landscape in particular, the ritual researcher may need to take into account the concepts of temporality and unpredictability as inherent features of media events and rituals – the traumatic events researcher may benefit from the concept of global risk society. Finally, we argue that more research needs to be carried out on transitional societies, as we need to learn more about the role of mediation, events and spectacles in democratization processes and in contemporary revolutions. Overall, our findings indicate that in the context of global risk society, constant disruptions and unplanned events, together with the changes in news transmission, need to be taken as a starting point also in the research frames used to understand the mediation of events in contemporary society.

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Divisions: Management
Media and Communications
Subjects: P Language and Literature > PN Literature (General) > PN1990 Broadcasting
Date Deposited: 16 Sep 2015 15:57
Last Modified: 15 Jun 2024 23:12

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