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Death Makes the NewsHow the Media Censor and Display the Dead$
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Jessica M. Fishman

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9780814770757

Published to NYU Press Scholarship Online: September 2018

DOI: 10.18574/nyu/9780814770757.001.0001

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Victims Seeking Visibility

Victims Seeking Visibility

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Death Makes the News

Jessica M. Fishman

NYU Press

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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