Mar 5, 2014
Brian McNair - Professor of Journalism at Queensland University of Technology, Australia talks to Raj Persaud about 'Gone Girl' - the movie.
GONE GIRL AND THE MEDIATIZATION
from his paper published in 'Journalism Studies':
Gone Girl (David Fincher, 2014) will not be remembered for its representation of journalists, although both lead characters are, as the narrative opens in 2012, magazine writers made redundant in the wake of the 2008 global financial crisis. To this extent they personify the “death of journalism” narrative of recent years in the United States, but we never see them in a newsroom or doing journalistic work. The marriage of Nick and Amy Dunne (Ben Affleck and Rosamund Pike) is cast as a victim of, among other things, the downturn in the US economy which accompanied the credit crunch. But this is not the subject of Gone Girl, so much as a context for the marital dysfunctionality at the heart of its plot.
I’ve chosen it for this issue’s column, nonetheless, because Fincher’s film (and the Gillian Flynn best-selling novel on which it is based) are very focused on the role of contemporary news culture in the mediatization and celebrification of crime. In this sense Gone Girl joins the ranks of that sub-genre of journalism movie which casts a critical eye on the macro-social impact of an industry that feeds on human misery and transforms it into popular entertainment.
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