Taking a Close Look at the Work of Richard Grusin Essay

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Sensationalization, Media & Affective Emotion

In this paper I take a close look at the work of Richard Grusin on premediation and remediation, alongside Brian Massiumi’s idea of the half-life of disaster, to argue how mediation affects current events - specifically through the story of the recent loss of Malaysian Airlines flight 370. Media has played a large part in shaping American history, since its early days in the colonies through today. Media has been used as a tool to influence public perception and opinion. Whether a British vs. an American perspective during the revolution, a distortion by yellow journalism of the 1800s, or in more recent times, and the polarized political ideologies between the republican and democratic
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Sensationalization, Media & Affective Emotion

In this paper I take a close look at the work of Richard Grusin on premediation and remediation, alongside Brian Massiumi’s idea of the half-life of disaster, to argue how mediation affects current events - specifically through the story of the recent loss of Malaysian Airlines flight 370. Media has played a large part in shaping American history, since its early days in the colonies through today. Media has been used as a tool to influence public perception and opinion. Whether a British vs. an American perspective during the revolution, a distortion by yellow journalism of the 1800s, or in more recent times, and the polarized political ideologies between the republican and democratic parties, media shifts and changes what it deems the public should perceive as important and what can be ignored.
Premediation
Richard Grusin argues that news now “premediates”: it is a predictor or maker of future events, rather than just an outlet to tell of events that are currently happening or have already taken place (1). Events now seem to be inevitable because they are so hyped up before they even happen (Grusin 1). Grusin’s rational behind this occurrence is that it will help to avoid the devastation that comes from large events that take place such as the attacks on September 11th, 2001. By over-sensationalizing upcoming or potential conflicts - such as invading another country, drone strikes, a large shift in administrative

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