A behind-the-scenes account of how death is presented in the media
“Stellar findings. This book is sure to be important for years to come.”
—Howard S. Becker, Author of Outsiders: Studies in the Sociology of Deviance
“A superb, well-written study of a fascinating phenomenon: our love-hate relationship with graphic depictions of dead bodies. Jessica Fishman’s meticulous research shows just how rigidly American media exercise a taboo against depicting American bodies even as they choose otherwise with the bodies of foreigners. Fishman is unafraid of the weird anomalies and paradoxes that prevail among photo editors, and wisely inspires reflection on what we really believe about pictures and words.”
—Todd Gitlin, Author of Media Unlimited: How the Torrent of Images and Sounds Overwhelms Our Lives
"The book pinpoints political pressures affecting news choices, particularly when it comes to wartime censorship.”
—Times Higher Education
"Death Makes the News is a breakout study and milestone contribution to the literature . . . By taking us behind the curtain of newsrooms, inside the editorial decision-making process through interviews and observation, [Fishman] reveals how and why journalists make the choices they do in terms of what to show us about the dead."
—International Journal of Communication
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