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Victims Seeking Visibility

Victims Seeking Visibility

Chapter:
(p.205) 13 Victims Seeking Visibility
Source:
Death Makes the News
Author(s):
Jessica M. Fishman
Publisher:
NYU Press
DOI:10.18574/nyu/9780814770757.003.0013

Too often, we rely on questionable logic to blame the messenger, scapegoating the news media when we are actually upset about the death itself. When we equate the camera’s documentation with an ethical sin, we ignore some very real struggles for visibility. There is no universal preference for invisibility and, for some, even worse than suffering is to have accounts of it erased. To them, some deaths seem to demand a public accounting.

Keywords:   scapegoating, documentation, ethics, invisibility, suffering, public

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