About to Die: How News Images Move the Public

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About to Die: How News Images Move the Public

Format:  Paperback,

415 pages

Publisher: Oxford Univ Pr

Publish Date: Dec 2010

ISBN-13: 9780199752140

ISBN-10: 0199752141

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Due to its ability to freeze a moment in time, the photo is a uniquely powerful device for ordering and understanding the world. But when an image depicts complex, ambiguous, or controversial events--terrorist attacks, wars, political assassinations--its ability to influence perception can prove deeply unsettling. Are we really seeing the world "as it is" or is the image a fabrication or projection? How do a photo's content and form shape a viewer's impressions? What do such images contribute to historical memory? About to Die focuses on one emotionally charged category of news photograph--depictions of individuals who are facing imminent death--as a prism for addressing such vital questions. Tracking events as wide-ranging as the 1906 San Francisco Earthquake, the Holocaust, the Vietnam War, and 9/11, Barbie Zelizer demonstrates that modes of journalistic depiction and the power of the image are immense cultural forces that are still far from understood. Through a survey of a century of photojournalism, including close analysis of over sixty photos, About to Die provides a framework and vocabulary for understanding the news imagery that so profoundly shapes our view of the world.

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Publisher: Oxford Univ Pr
Publish Date: Dec 2010
ISBN-13: 9780199752140
ISBN-10: 0199752141
Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 415
Shipping Weight (in pounds): 1.35
Product in Inches (L x W x H): 6.0 x 9.0 x 1.25
Walmart No.: 9780199752140

Chapter outline

Acknowledgmentsp. vii
Journalism, Memory, and the Voice of the Visualp. 1
Why Images of Impending Death Make Sense in the Newsp. 28
Presumed Deathp. 76
Possible Deathp. 123
Certain Deathp. 173
Journalism's Mix of Presumption, Possibility, and Certaintyp. 218
When the "As If" Erases Accountabilityp. 267
How News Images Move the Publicp. 306
Notesp. 327
Indexp. 407

Book description

Due to its ability to freeze a moment in time, the photo is a uniquely powerful device for ordering and understanding the world. But when an image depicts complex, ambiguous, or controversial events--terrorist attacks, wars, political assassinations--its ability to influence perception can prove deeply unsettling. Are we really seeing the world "as it is" or is the image a fabrication or projection? How do a photo's content and form shape a viewer's impressions? What do such images contribute to historical memory?About to Diefocuses on one emotionally charged category of news photograph--depictions of individuals who are facing imminent death--as a prism for addressing such vital questions.

Tracking events as wide-ranging as the 1906 San Francisco Earthquake, the Holocaust, the Vietnam War, and 9/11, Barbie Zelizer demonstrates that modes of journalistic depiction and the power of the image are immense cultural forces that are still far from understood. Through a survey of a century of photojournalism, including close analysis of over sixty photos,About to Dieprovides a framework and vocabulary for understanding the news imagery that so profoundly shapes our view of the world.

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