Journalism as eschatology

Hinde, D. (2021) Journalism as eschatology. In: Bødker, H. and Morris, H. E. (eds.) Climate Change and Journalism: Negotiating Rifts of Time. Routledge: London, pp. 189-203. ISBN 9781003090304 (doi: 10.4324/9781003090304-12)

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As the impacts of climate change are increasingly felt in the present, journalism’s ability to understand and contextualize such events relies on its ability to capture ongoing material processes to make sense of the future, along with the realization that these processes are fundamentally altering the world in ways we have not fully acknowledged. Approaching the idea of “global” journalisms critically, this chapter seeks to interrogate the modes of organization of the future inherent to Euro-American conceptions of modernity and their imposition on the globe, arguing instead for a materially contingent approach which carries out journalism from below as a means of understanding these critical events of the present. In doing so it argues for eschatology as a functional frame to approach the dissonance of these events and uses the concept of non-linear kairological time to expose the delicate agency of the present. It ultimately argues that understanding the diverse material “hauntings” of the present is fundamental to journalism’s ability to understand and shape the future, as well as to deal with its own existential worries about its purpose and economic context.

Item Type:Book Sections
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Hinde, Dr Dominic
Authors: Hinde, D.
College/School:College of Social Sciences > School of Social and Political Sciences > Sociology Anthropology and Applied Social Sciences
Published Online:30 July 2021
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