The role of celebrities in mediating distant suffering

Scott, Martin (2015) The role of celebrities in mediating distant suffering. International Journal of Cultural Studies, 18 (4). pp. 449-466. ISSN 1460-356X

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Abstract

How effective are celebrities, not just in helping to draw attention to distant suffering, but in actually regulating spectators’ mediated experiences of the lives of distant strangers? What function does the perceived authenticity of a celebrity play in their role as mediator? This article seeks to address such questions by analysing the results of an audience study involving two phases of focus groups separated by a two-month diary study. The results show that celebrities certainly help to shape our mediated experiences of distant suffering – but not always in the ways and to the extent we might expect. What is clear is that celebrities are generally ineffective in cultivating a cosmopolitan engagement with distant suffering.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: authenticity,celebrity,celebrity humanitarianism,cosmopolitanism,distant suffering,humanitarian communication,mediation
Faculty \ School: Faculty of Social Sciences > School of International Development
Depositing User: Pure Connector
Date Deposited: 24 Jul 2015 21:08
Last Modified: 22 Jul 2020 00:07
URI: https://ueaeprints.uea.ac.uk/id/eprint/53524
DOI: 10.1177/1367877914530038

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