“The media presents us with such a tragic picture and story. The first response is usually in terms of ‘something like this could have happened to me’.” – This is a kind of imaginary identification in which we perceive the suffering victim in a mirror image – as the possible image of ourselves. However, this identification is not usually the one that really affects us. What we actually identify with when we observe images from the war is not the person that suffers, but the ego-ideal: a point of view from which we can appear likeable to ourselves. When we see a tragic picture of a refugee we perceive in it a symbolic space in which we are the actors – we are the ones who are caring, compassionate and concerned. By presenting such images the media thus creates the place in which we perceive ourselves as we would like to be seen. RENATA SALECL http://ift.tt/1MOl083


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