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The annual Global Studies Symposium at Whitman College was conceived with the purpose of stimulating important interdisciplinary conversations on topics of contemporary relevance. The Global Re-Visions series seeks to bring some of those discussions to a wider audience.
Under what conditions do events become spectacles? What transforms a given event into a spectacle? Is spectacle constitutive of human experience? Do the lure and primacy of the image reflect a natural or ontological penchant for the visual? Or, rather, is there something historically specific about today’s regime of the image? The emergence of new media technology and the ability of new modes of communication to facilitate “contact” between people across the world could be said to have created different experiences and kinds of spectacles in the age of globalization. How might we read this moment? Does the making of a spectacle necessarily involve an ideological process, an abstraction and distortion of reality? Or can the subject matter of spectacles be effectively deployed for more emancipatory ends?
University of Washington Press
Mass media and globalization, Communication, International.
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