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    Mediated humanitarian knowledge: audiences' reactions and moral actions

    Seu, Irene Bruna and Orgad, S. (2009) Mediated humanitarian knowledge: audiences' reactions and moral actions. Technical Report. Birkbeck, University of London, London, UK.

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    Abstract

    The contemporary global public sphere is full of information about the suffering of distant others. Information about humanitarian disasters, wars and human rights abuses are often transmitted within moments of them unfolding, Thus, the old refrain to justify inaction – ‘I didn’t know what was happening’ –is hardly credible. People know, but don’t always act on their knowledge. Very little is known about what such ‘humanitarian knowledge’ does to us, as ‘symbolic bystanders’, and what we do with that knowledge. To help fill this gap, this three-year Leverhulme Trust funded study ‘Mediated Humanitarian Knowledge Audiences’ Reactions and Moral Actions’, (KARMA) was launched in 2010 by Principal Investigator Dr Bruna Seu (Birkbeck), Co-Investigator Dr Shani Orgad (LSE) and Consultant (the late) Prof. Stan Cohen (LSE).

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