Trauma and Consumption

Adrian Parr

in Deleuze and Memorial Culture

Published by Edinburgh University Press

Published in print March 2008 | ISBN: 9780748627547
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780748652433 | DOI:
Trauma and Consumption

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This chapter aims to trace what happens to the subjective essence of memory once the initial impact of trauma subsides, and the way in which this essence is then swiftly conjugated by the axiomatic of capital. It compares viewer attentiveness for non-catastrophic events to large-scale catastrophic events such as 9/11 and Hurricane Katrina. The chapter also analyses how well American consumption of media disaster coverage fares in relation to popular entertainment. The findings reveal that Americans seem more interested in following news coverage of trauma than they do important political events.

Keywords: memory; trauma; catastrophic events; 9/11; Hurricane Katrina; Americans; media disaster; political events

Chapter.  6072 words. 

Subjects: Philosophy

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