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Disaster mon amour : on our love affair with catastrophe, so long as it is happening to someone else / David Thomson.

Author/creator Thomson, David, 1941- author.
Format Book and Print
Publication Info New Haven : Yale University Press, [2022]
Copyright Notice ©2022
Description212 pages ; 23 cm
Summary As anyone in the news business knows, audiences swell with the scale of disaster; humans have always been drawn to the rumors of our own demise. In this darkly comic book, noted film historian David Thomson examines iconic disasters, both real and fictional, exposing the slippage between what occurs and what we observe. Demonstrating how disasters become yet another commodity for our consumption, Thomson shows how digital culture sates our desire to witness chaos while suffering none of its aftereffects. Through classic movies such as San Andreas; eyewitness responses to real disasters such as the Aberfan coal mining disaster and the coronavirus pandemic; and media portrayals of disasters throughout history, Thomson pulls back the curtain to reveal why we love watching disaster unfold--but only if it happens to others.
General noteIncludes index.
Genre/formCriticism, interpretation, etc.
ISBN9780300246940 hardcover
ISBN0300246943 hardcover

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