Sensationalism and its Detrimental Effects - INTS 4987...

Info iconThis preview shows pages 1–3. Sign up to view the full content.

View Full Document Right Arrow Icon
INTS 4987 Sensationalism and its Detrimental Effects on the Anti-Human Trafficking Movement: A Call to a Critical Examination of “Abolitionist” Rhetoric Brandi Stanley Submitted to Prof. Claude d’Estrée In partial completion of Contemporary Slavery and Human Trafficking Fall, 2009 Josef Korbel School of International Studies University of Denver November 20, 2009
Background image of page 1

Info iconThis preview has intentionally blurred sections. Sign up to view the full version.

View Full DocumentRight Arrow Icon
Stanley 2 INTRODUCTION A Definition and Preliminary Comments on This Research Sensationalism is a phenomenon often found within media research, where it is studied for how it affects viewers and their behavior. Often criticized within journalistic practices, sensationalism is a method by which a producer of information attempts to draw the attention of the consumer of such information. It is typically “defined in terms of its capability to provoke attention or arousal responses in viewers.” 1 And therefore, is usually linked to particularly emotional or dramatic techniques that propel the viewer or reader into a distinct state of mind or sentimental feeling. Psychologically, there are no clear indicators of how much or how little an individual may be emotionally aroused by a particular subject. Only through means of self- reporting is the experience of emotional triggering actually measurable. 2 However, some level of arousal is common. Since the majority of research on sensationalism exists in the context of media, and due to the relatively recent formation of the modern anti-human trafficking movement, sensationalism’s affect on the movement itself has received little critical analysis. As is the case in many human rights causes, more concern is initially spent on combating immediate needs, addressing reactionary services to those “victimized” by the injustice. Now that the anti-human trafficking movement has progressed to the point that a large number of organizations are working on the issue, this paper contends that it’s time to start formulating best practices through direct appraisal by those involved. Best practices, of course, involve an evaluation of how issues at play within the subject of trafficking are handled, and how this treatment positively or negatively affects all major stakeholders. Partnerships and cooperation among both major and minor actors in the anti-trafficking field are necessary to accomplish this fully, but this text hopes to start the process. Within the scope of this research, it is claimed that sensationalism is, in fact, more detrimental to the anti-trafficking movement than organizations and participating members would hope. Even more, rather than helping to combat trafficking, the arguments herein propose that sensationalism goes beyond “harm” to an actual perpetuation of the larger, systemic problems that delay the resolution of modern trafficking. As there is very little research to correlate this claim, two initial shortcomings are admitted upfront. First, that the breadth of this work is surface level, at best. When addressing the more systemic issues at hand, each is
Background image of page 2
Image of page 3
This is the end of the preview. Sign up to access the rest of the document.

This note was uploaded on 07/21/2011 for the course BUS 10001 taught by Professor All during the Spring '11 term at Shaheed Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto Institute of Science and Technology.

Page1 / 23

Sensationalism and its Detrimental Effects - INTS 4987...

This preview shows document pages 1 - 3. Sign up to view the full document.

View Full Document Right Arrow Icon
Ask a homework question - tutors are online