Ironic Spectator : Solidarity in the Age of Post-Humanitarianism
This path-breaking book explores how solidarity towardsvulnerable others is performed in our media environment. Itargues that stories where famine is described through our ownexperience of dieting or or where solidarity with Africatranslates into wearing a cool armband tell us about much more thanthe cause that they attempt to communicate. They tell us somethingabout the ways in which we imagine the world outside ourselves.
By showing historical change in Amnesty International and Oxfamappeals, in the Live Aid and Live 8 concerts, in the advocacy ofAudrey Hepburn and Angelina Jolie as well as in earthquake news onthe BBC, this far-reaching book shows how solidarity hastoday come to be not about conviction but choice, not vision butlifestyle, not others but ourselves – turning us into theironic spectators of other people’s suffering.