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Compassion Fatigue: How the Media Sell Disease, Famine, War and Death

4.08  ·  Rating Details  ·  24 Ratings  ·  4 Reviews
This text warns that the American media threatens our ability to understand the world around us. Why do the media cover the world in the way that they do? Are they simply following the marketplace demand for tabloid-style international news? Or are they creating an audience that has seen too much - or too little - to care? Through a series of case studies of the Four Horse ...more
Paperback, 400 pages
Published October 14th 1999 by Taylor & Francis Group (first published September 23rd 1998)
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Michael Mcclelland
Aug 01, 2011 Michael Mcclelland rated it really liked it
Given that journalism is not simply a recounting of the events that occurred during a day, but an information source that is budgeted, biased and blinkered; the why and the how of news communication is a complex issue. This book initially struggles through its introduction in an attempt to touch upon all the issues, but once it focuses on some particular case studies, the author finds herself on more solid ground.



Why does one story get more play than another? What are the stages of coverage? Why
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Kevin
Mar 19, 2010 Kevin marked it as to-read
Susan D. Moeller concludes Compassion Fatigue with an antidote that affirms the importance of stories like Joseph's personal story, and the importance of having him speak in schools, churches, to service groups--anywhere people are willing to hear and learn from him.

"We need to be put in as close contact as possible with people at risk. We need nuanced and in-depth coverage of crises and we need to hear and see the human side too. The former without the later is boring, the latter without the fo
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Summer
Dec 29, 2007 Summer rated it really liked it
Interesting book on how American media fails in covering international tragedy. This was written in 1999, but the patterns that emerge in reporting on war, genocide, famine, and the like, are still in place today.
Emma Christina
Jun 06, 2013 Emma Christina rated it really liked it
Very interesting and informative read, would recommend to anyone interested in the sociology of suffering.
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