Media, suffering and Rwanda

Ogbe-Millar, Boulique (2012) Media, suffering and Rwanda. BA dissertation, University of Portsmouth.

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    Abstract

    Poverty, malnutrition and war remain a reality for many people in today’s world. For those more fortunate, advances in communication technology it is argued have enabled these new spectators to witness distant suffering and make choices to attempt to relieve it. This gives rise to discourse suggesting the movement towards global mutual obligation. This dissertation attempts to assess the role of the media here and determine whether we are in fact moving toward a state of affairs like this, or if there remain obstacles that continue to divide the First and Third Worlds in terms of moral obligation. It will evaluate several key theories to establish a theoretical framework, and after discussing the evolution of humanitarian narratives will use these to form a case study of the Rwandan genocide of 1994. The mediation of the genocide and the role of the West will be critically assessed against the background of these narratives. From this will be formed a conclusion as to the significance of the Rwandan genocide to humanitarianism and the implications for media responsibility.

    Item Type: Dissertation
    Departments/Research Groups: Faculty of Creative and Cultural Industries > School of Media and Performing Arts
    Depositing User: Jane Polwin
    Date Deposited: 15 Jan 2014 16:06
    Last Modified: 28 Jan 2015 12:32
    URI: http://eprints.port.ac.uk/id/eprint/14089

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