Media Anthropology represents a convergence of issues and interests on anthropological approaches to the study of media. The purpose of this reader is to promote the identity of the field of study; identify its major concepts, methods, and bibliography; comment on the state of the art; and provide examples of current research. Based on original articles by leading scholars from several countries and academic disciplines, Media Anthropology provides essays introducing the issues, reviewing the field, forging new conceptual syntheses.

Myths to the Rescue: How Live Television Intervenes in History

Myths to the rescue: How live television intervenes in history
TamarLiebes and MenahemBlondheim

Political commentators and cultural critics see September 11 as a catastrophic event after which “life would never be the same” (Didion, 2003). It is talked about as an “event that changed the course of history for the US.” The death of more than 3000 people can arouse public empathy and unite the community around the victims and their families but cannot at first glance be thought to have changed history. This means that more than the horrific loss of life and physical damage caused by the Al Qaeda terrorists, it was the symbolic meaning invoked by the collapse of the Twin Towers and the ...

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