On Arab Media:
Marwan M. Kraidy, Ph.D.
Professor of Communication
On images of death and dying in the media:
Barbie Zelizer, Ph.D.
Raymond Williams Professor of Communication
About each expert:
- Prof. Kraidy is an expert on Middle East media; how America is viewed, how social media plays a role in fueling or diffusing anger.
- He is the author of “Reality Television and Arab Politics,” a book about reality television and its impact on Middle East politics and culture.
- He calls the movie “a match thrown in a barrel of gasoline,” and adds that it ignites most readily when the torch is visual.
- Prof. Zelizer is an expert on journalism ethics and practices.
- She is the author of “About to Die: How News Images Move the Public,” about images of death or near death.
- On images of death and dying, Dr. Zelizer says we're squeamish because news pictures of the dead and dying are of real people and real events. If a news image works, it penetrates, lingers, forces our attention to the events involving death that it depicts. If a news image works, it doesn't disappear when we cast aside the newspaper, dim the TV or turn off the Internet. That may be more intrusion than most people are willing to allow.