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Time, Space and Catastrophe
Time, space and catastrophe
The Live Coverage of Catastrophes

I suggested in Chapter 5 that there are two key characteristics of live television which impact upon the way in which the event is realized: its delivery of a range of different locales and moments, and its real-time multiple mediations of the world in which stuff is happening.

In Chapter 6 we examined some of the consequences of these characteristics for one particular kind of live occasion, election night, where a complex set of dialectical relationships was established between the centre of the event (the studio from which the live event was spoken) and its peripheries (the constituency counts and other locales).

One significant element in television's live performance of Election 97 was the availability and ...

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