A behind-the-scenes account of how death is presented in the media
"The book pinpoints political pressures affecting news choices, particularly when it comes to wartime censorship.”
—Times Higher Education
“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
“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
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