Compassion Fatigue: How the Media Sell Disease, Famine, War and Death

1st Edition

Susan D. Moeller

Routledge
Published September 23, 1998
Reference - 398 Pages
ISBN 9780415920971 - CAT# RT1987

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Summary

In her impassioned new book, Compassion Fatigue, Moeller warns that the American media threatens our ability to understand the world around us. Why do the media cover the world in the way that they do? Are they simply following the marketplace demand for tabloid-style international news? Or are they creating an audience that has seen too much--or too little--to care? Through a series of case studies of the "Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse"--disease, famine, death and war--Moeller investigates how newspapers, newsmagazines and television have covered international crises over the last two decades, identifying the ruts into which the media have fallen and revealing why.

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