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Deleuze and Memorial CultureDesire, Singular Memory and the Politics of Trauma$
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Adrian Parr

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9780748627547

Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.3366/edinburgh/9780748627547.001.0001

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Trauma and Consumption

Trauma and Consumption

(p.166) CHAPTER 9 Trauma and Consumption
Deleuze and Memorial Culture

Adrian Parr

Edinburgh University Press

This chapter aims to trace what happens to the subjective essence of memory once the initial impact of trauma subsides, and the way in which this essence is then swiftly conjugated by the axiomatic of capital. It compares viewer attentiveness for non-catastrophic events to large-scale catastrophic events such as 9/11 and Hurricane Katrina. The chapter also analyses how well American consumption of media disaster coverage fares in relation to popular entertainment. The findings reveal that Americans seem more interested in following news coverage of trauma than they do important political events.

Keywords:   memory, trauma, catastrophic events, 9/11, Hurricane Katrina, Americans, media disaster, political events

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