Carnage and the Media: The Making and Breaking of News about Violence

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Allen Lane, 2005 - Mass media - 359 pages
A gripping and insightful examination of the relationship between news-makers and news-watchers, looking at how images of war and tragedy are presented to us in the media and how we consume them. Jean Seaton argues that print and television news are central to the way in which we understand and respond emotionally to the world. She shows how we now tolerate without question the increasing levels of violence in news reporting and traces the public representation of suffering from ancient Romans through Communist Russia to all those who avidly watch today's breaking news'.Seaton neither harks back to a lost golden age, nor presumes that more news is necessarily better news. This is a celebration of the media, which, despite all its problems, we must embrace as an essential part of a free society.

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John Lloyd is a Contributing Editor to the Financial Times. He is a member of the editorial board of Prospect magazine, and of the Moscow School of Political Studies. He has won several top journalism awards and, in addition to TV and radio work, is a post editor of the New Statesmen and of Time Out. With others, he is creating the Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism at Oxford University. His most recent book is "What The Media Are Doing To Our Politics,"

Jean Seaton is Professor of Media History at the University of Westminster and is on the board of Political Quarterly. She was official historian of the BBC for the 1980s, and is the author of "Carnage and the Media" (2005).

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