Connects ritual directly with questions of power, government, and surveillance and explores the ritual space which the media construct and where their power is legitimated.
Media Rituals rethinks our accepted concepts of ritual behaviour for a media-saturated age. It connects ritual directly with questions of power, government, and surveillance and explores the ritual space which the media construct and where their power is legitimated.
Drawing on sociological and anthropological approaches to the study of ritual, Couldry applies the work of theorists such as Durkheim, Bourdieu and Bloch to a number of important media arenas: the public media event; reality TV; Webcam sites; talk shows and docu-soaps; media pilgrimages; the construction of celebrity. In a final chapter, he imagines a different world where the media's ritual power is less, because the possibilities of participation in media production are more evenly shared.
Media rituals - the short and the long route; ritual and liminality; ritual space - unravelling the myth of the centre; rethinking media events; media "pilgrimages" and everyday media boundaries; live "reality" and the future of surveillance; mediated self-disclosure - before and after the Internet; beyond media rituals?