For most people living in western countries, disasters are distant suffering as they mainly affect cultural or ethnic others. Thus news media have an important emotional role in covering of international disasters. Newly published article by Stijn Joye looks at how news media can attribute a local sense of relevance to global suffering by focusing on the journalistic practice of domestication.
The central question is eventually about whom we can relate to or whom we can feel compassionate about. Whose suffering will be domesticated by news media and whose suffering will be constructed as inconsequential and morally irrelevant?
Read the free abstract here.
Picture: Protesta en Caracas, 2015 Ene|Jan 24 by Carlos Díaz, licence: CC BY 4.0