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ENGL 111 October 11, 2017 WITNESSING IN THE MEDIA Taking up another’s identity to show solidarity Haiti in popular consciousness… o “Nobody is Haiti” How Laferriere is positioning himself in the face of media Media witnessing : witnessing performed in, by and through the media to mass audiences o Form of bearing witness (listener has responsibility) Bearing witness is an action that requires response Eye-witnessing : passive viewing/consumption o Disaster as spectacle: viewer has no responsibility to act or respond Media images are publicized without expectations of response o Default mode if objective journalism Note: bearing witness opposite of eye-witness Responsibility Representation o Individual o Collective DISCUSSION: “JANUARY 11” (PG. 131) How can we connect this to witnessing and representation? What details – e.g. word choice, structure, content and so on – could you connect to these topics?
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