This book is about the relationship between the spectators in countries of the west, and the distant sufferer on the television screen; the sufferer in Somalia, Nigeria, Bangladesh, India, Indonesia, but also from New York and Washington DC. How do we relate to television images of the distant sufferer? The question touches on the ethical role of the media in public life today. They address the issue of whether the media can cultivate a disposition of care for and engagement with the far away other; whether television can create a global public with a sense of social responsibililty towards the distant sufferer.

The Cosmopolitan Public

The cosmopolitan public

In conclusion, let me now move from the question of how things are to how things could and should be. My aim is to think through the ideas of mediation and the public realm in ways that maximize rather than restrict the capacity for a cosmopolitan connectivity between spectators and distant sufferers. Two major ...

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