Migration: media and fear

Africa e Mediterraneo n. 82 (1/15)

For a long time the media studies analyze the representations of migrants and asylum seekers offered by the European media, highlighting the distortions  omissions and tones geared much more to the emergency and the exceptional nature of the migration phenomenon that the awareness of the structurality the same and the need to manage it as ordinary element of society. Recently, in the face of weakness and confusion European political action against the flow of asylum seekers, has appealed to the effectiveness of the most dramatic images ever put into circulation, hoping that their iconic power shock the leaders by putting them in front of dramas that, in fact, exist and are consumed by people for thousands of years without that individual remains a memory, a story that “punch” the media.

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