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Melodrama in Media: Naming the Enemy

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Chelsea Walton

on 18 February 2014

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Transcript of Melodrama in Media: Naming the Enemy

Melodrama in Media
"Villains, Victims, and Heroes: Melodrama, Media, and September 11," Elizabeth Anker
"Trials of Black and White," Linda Williams
Naming the Enemy
A justified melodramatic approach to journalism:
Trials of Black and White
"Through melodrama, the substance of national identity contains only the most general American ideals of 'freedom' and 'democracy,' the victimizations they incur, and the heroic acts of redemption they necessitate."
Elizabeth Anker
Villains, Victims, and Heroes
Villainy (The Joker)
Virtue of suffering
Reconciliation
Aurora Shooting
Trayvon Martin
"Every American, as part of "the American people," had been victimized..."
Sandy Hook Elementary
Amanda Knox
Empathetic victimization
Unjustified suffering
"Retaliatory action toward the attackers would properly defend our victimized ideals and heal our shared pain."
"When looking at material objects through a melodramatic lens, things cease to be merely themselves, become the vehicles of metaphors whose tenor suggest another kind of reality."
Also consider:
Intersection of rhetoric and visual perception
Melodramatic codification
Picture of innocence
"...a
paradoxical
power was discovered: the very injury that enslaved the black noncitizen became a recognition of
virtue
that conferred humanity-- and eventual citizenship-- on the slave."
"A trial is a cross between
a soap opera,
a spectator sport,
and a morality play."
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