Consuming history and memory through mass media products

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

21 Citations (Scopus)

Abstract

The representation of the past through products of the ‘culture industry’ bears the history of a long debate between detractors and optimists. This controversy becomes especially significant in a time where commercial audiovisual media affect in unprecedented ways the content and the form in which massive audiences relate to the events of the past. Even more so in a so-called postmodern moment in which public confidence in the real is overall in decline. In this context, the debate on the representation of the history and memory of the Holocaust – the paradigmatic example of limitations and imperatives to representational practice – has become a contemporary battlefield regarding the legitimacy and propriety of mass media products. By examining contemporary Holocaust representations that are at the intersection between the world of commercial mass media and the conventional nonfiction culture and documentary tradition (such as high-tech museums and Steven Spielberg's Survivors of the Shoah Visual History Foundation), this article will reflect upon the diverse implications of the mass media–history relation.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)491-501
Number of pages11
JournalEuropean Journal of Cultural Studies
Volume4
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - Nov 2001

Fingerprint

mass media
Holocaust
history
audiovisual media
culture industry
museum
legitimacy
confidence
event
Mass Media
History
time
Non-fiction
Legitimacy
Confidence
Steven Spielberg
Survivors
Shoah
Documentary
Conventional

Keywords

  • Holocaust 1939–45
  • Jewish
  • documentary films
  • exhibitions
  • historical films
  • museums

Cite this

Consuming history and memory through mass media products. / Baer, Alejandro.

In: European Journal of Cultural Studies, Vol. 4, No. 4, 11.2001, p. 491-501.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

@article{3ed9fc9573684633accbf060f21d3553,
title = "Consuming history and memory through mass media products",
abstract = "The representation of the past through products of the ‘culture industry’ bears the history of a long debate between detractors and optimists. This controversy becomes especially significant in a time where commercial audiovisual media affect in unprecedented ways the content and the form in which massive audiences relate to the events of the past. Even more so in a so-called postmodern moment in which public confidence in the real is overall in decline. In this context, the debate on the representation of the history and memory of the Holocaust – the paradigmatic example of limitations and imperatives to representational practice – has become a contemporary battlefield regarding the legitimacy and propriety of mass media products. By examining contemporary Holocaust representations that are at the intersection between the world of commercial mass media and the conventional nonfiction culture and documentary tradition (such as high-tech museums and Steven Spielberg's Survivors of the Shoah Visual History Foundation), this article will reflect upon the diverse implications of the mass media–history relation.",
keywords = "Holocaust 1939–45, Jewish, documentary films, exhibitions, historical films, museums",
author = "Alejandro Baer",
year = "2001",
month = "11",
doi = "10.1177/136754940100400401",
language = "English (US)",
volume = "4",
pages = "491--501",
journal = "European Journal of Cultural Studies",
issn = "1367-5494",
publisher = "SAGE Publications Ltd",
number = "4",

}

TY - JOUR

T1 - Consuming history and memory through mass media products

AU - Baer, Alejandro

PY - 2001/11

Y1 - 2001/11

N2 - The representation of the past through products of the ‘culture industry’ bears the history of a long debate between detractors and optimists. This controversy becomes especially significant in a time where commercial audiovisual media affect in unprecedented ways the content and the form in which massive audiences relate to the events of the past. Even more so in a so-called postmodern moment in which public confidence in the real is overall in decline. In this context, the debate on the representation of the history and memory of the Holocaust – the paradigmatic example of limitations and imperatives to representational practice – has become a contemporary battlefield regarding the legitimacy and propriety of mass media products. By examining contemporary Holocaust representations that are at the intersection between the world of commercial mass media and the conventional nonfiction culture and documentary tradition (such as high-tech museums and Steven Spielberg's Survivors of the Shoah Visual History Foundation), this article will reflect upon the diverse implications of the mass media–history relation.

AB - The representation of the past through products of the ‘culture industry’ bears the history of a long debate between detractors and optimists. This controversy becomes especially significant in a time where commercial audiovisual media affect in unprecedented ways the content and the form in which massive audiences relate to the events of the past. Even more so in a so-called postmodern moment in which public confidence in the real is overall in decline. In this context, the debate on the representation of the history and memory of the Holocaust – the paradigmatic example of limitations and imperatives to representational practice – has become a contemporary battlefield regarding the legitimacy and propriety of mass media products. By examining contemporary Holocaust representations that are at the intersection between the world of commercial mass media and the conventional nonfiction culture and documentary tradition (such as high-tech museums and Steven Spielberg's Survivors of the Shoah Visual History Foundation), this article will reflect upon the diverse implications of the mass media–history relation.

KW - Holocaust 1939–45

KW - Jewish

KW - documentary films

KW - exhibitions

KW - historical films

KW - museums

UR - http://www.scopus.com/inward/record.url?scp=84993731503&partnerID=8YFLogxK

UR - http://www.scopus.com/inward/citedby.url?scp=84993731503&partnerID=8YFLogxK

U2 - 10.1177/136754940100400401

DO - 10.1177/136754940100400401

M3 - Article

AN - SCOPUS:84993731503

VL - 4

SP - 491

EP - 501

JO - European Journal of Cultural Studies

JF - European Journal of Cultural Studies

SN - 1367-5494

IS - 4

ER -