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Documentary-for-the-Other: Relationships, Ethics and (Observational) Documentary
journal contributionposted on 2023-05-17, 07:04 authored by Nash, K
While documentary ethics has been largely normative to date, there is growing interest in alternative forms of ethical thinking. The work of Emmanuel Levinas in particular is providing a way of thinking through both the ethics of documentary viewing and production. This article begins by drawing attention to the link between documentary ethics and aesthetics and then uses Levinas's work to consider the ethical relations established in observational documentary production. Of the different documentary modes, the observational has been the source of particular ethical difficulties, yet viewed from a Levinisian perspective it is possible to identify ways in which observation preserves the alterity of the documentary subject.
Publication titleJournal of Mass Media Ethics: Exploring Questions of Media Morality
Department/SchoolSchool of Humanities
Place of publicationUnited States
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