In his new book Transmitted Wounds, published by Oxford University Press in 2019, the Israeli communications scholar Amit Pinchevski explores the ways media technology shapes the social life of trauma both clinically and culturally. Drawing on a number of case studies such as the radio broadcasts of the Eichmann trial, the videotaping of Holocaust survivor testimonies, and the recent use of digital platforms for holographic witnessing, he demonstrates how the technological mediation of trauma informs the traumatic condition itself. His thought-provoking insights have crucial implications for media studies, memory studies, and the burgeoning field of digital humanities and are relevant for anyone interested in the moral aspects of witnessing and the future of Holocaust memory. Pinchevski is an Associate Professor in the Department of Communication and Journalism at The Hebrew University of Jerusalem and the author of By Way of Interruption: Levinas and the Ethics of Communication (2005). He has coedited two books on media ethics and media witnessing.
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