Why Pictures of People About to Die Depict News Events Involving Death

Date

10-25-2012

Time

7:30–9 p.m.

Location

Maurer School of Law Moot Court Room (Law 123)

Description

Reports of war, terrorism, natural disaster, crime, and assassinations regularly fill journalism's front pages and spaces, making death a frequent topic in the news. However, the pictures of news about death often show us less than what we read or hear, with images of people about to die easily taking the place of those already dead. Why do pictures of people about to die surface in the coverage of events involving death? What do they look like? How are they used? And what does their prevalence suggest about the nature and degree of our readiness to engage with public events of a complicated nature?