Democracy, Law, Violence | Spectatorship and Witnessing | Execution Scenes in American Film

What a Law Professor Learned from Watching All Executions in American Film | Think Progress

People look to pop culture for their representational qualities and the accuracy of those representations. My interest in this article was a different thing entirely: how do these scenes of execution position viewers? What do they offer viewers? I was interested in spectatorship and how it relates to democratic responsibility. These scenes invite viewers to participate as vicarious citizens in these scenes.

Study: Scenes of Execution: Spectatorship, Political Responsibility, and State Killing in American Film



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