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Has suffering become the ‘new normal’? (Polis summer school guest blog)

Eduljee, Janine (2017) Has suffering become the ‘new normal’? (Polis summer school guest blog). POLIS: journalism and society at the LSE (29 Jun 2017). Website.

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This article by Polis Summer School student Janine Eduljee As an American and someone involved in broadcast journalism, I found something highly resonant in our recent class discussions at LSE about the media’s portrayal of suffering and how it shapes and is shaped by people’s interest and feelings towards tragedy. In particular the idea or phenomenon of ‘compassion fatigue,’ the idea that people can be so thoroughly inundated with violent or pathetic imagery that after a while it becomes just too much for a mind to handle, and they in effect shut down and stop feeling any sort of empathy or concern towards it.

Item Type: Online resource (Website)
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Additional Information: © 2017 The Author(s)
Divisions: Media and Communications
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HV Social pathology. Social and public welfare. Criminology
J Political Science > JC Political theory
P Language and Literature > PN Literature (General) > PN1990 Broadcasting
T Technology > T Technology (General)
Date Deposited: 30 Jun 2017 13:53
Last Modified: 29 Sep 2021 23:23

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