Death on the front page : “Awesome things” and this thing called humanity

Hanusch, Folker & Servaes, Jan (2010) Death on the front page : “Awesome things” and this thing called humanity. In Fuller, Linda K. (Ed.) Tsunami Communication : (Inter)personal/Intercultural, Mass Media, Technical, Ethical, Philanthropic, Ethical, and Developmental Responses. Hampton Press, Cresskill, NJ, pp. 47-60.

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It has been called “the world’s worst recorded natural disaster,” and “the largest earthquake in 40 years,” galvanizing the largest global relief effort in history. For those of us involved in the discipline and/or the practice of communications, we realized that it presented a unique case study from a number of perspectives. Both the media and the public became so enraptured and enmeshed in the story of the tsunami of December 26, 2004, bringing to the fore a piece of geography and a peoples too rarely considered prior to the tragedy, that we felt compelled to examine the phenomenon. The overwhelming significance of this volume comes from its being a combination of both academic scholars and development practitioners in the field. Its poignancy becomes underscored from their wide-ranging perspectives, with 21 chapters representing some 14 different countries. Their realities provide not only credibility but also an unprecedented sensitivity to communication issues. Our approach here considers Tsunami 2004 from five communication perspectives:

1.) Interpersonal/ intercultural,

2.) Mass media,

3.) Telecommunications,

4.) Ethics, philanthropy, and development communication, and;

5.) Personal testimonies and observations. You will learn even more here about the theory and practice of disaster/crisis communication.

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ID Code: 74046
Item Type: Book Chapter
ISBN: 1572738170
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > STUDIES IN CREATIVE ARTS AND WRITING (190000) > JOURNALISM AND PROFESSIONAL WRITING (190300) > Journalism Studies (190301)
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Creative Industries Faculty
Past > Schools > Journalism, Media & Communication
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2010 Hampton Press
Deposited On: 18 Jul 2014 01:42
Last Modified: 21 Jul 2014 00:53

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