Media: Beyond the Trauma Vortex: The Media’s Role in Healing Fear, Terror & Violence

Gina Ross

In her theoretical book, Beyond the Trauma Vortex: the Media’s Role in Healing Fear, Terror & Violence Gina Ross proposes a collaboration between the media, trauma researchers, and helping officials in order to break the vicious cycle of trauma and violence. The media, Ross suggests, can use their tremendous influence to promote peace rather than violence and to heal wounded psyches, communities, and nations. Delving first into the destructive nature of the “trauma vortex” through a variety of individual and historical examples, Ross then offers her insight into an alternate, restorative “healing vortex.” By focusing on the interrelatedness of personal and collective healing, the author makes a compelling case for why—and how—media professionals can play an influential role in effecting widespread healing for their viewers and for themselves.

This following description is for the next up-coming book for the media

Media: Beyond The Trauma Vortex: a Guide for the Media

This theoretical and experiential book stresses the impact of collective trauma on conflict and violence, as well as the impact of global instantaneous communication on collective trauma. It explores the media’s capacity to amplify or reduce trauma’s impact on the collective nervous system, and thus its influence on violent conflicts. It explores the role of trauma in the war on terror, and the manipulation of the media by terrorists. It presents the different ways the media can inform the public on these crucial issues, and the media’s ability to help heal trauma. It invites media professionals to become aware of their own work-related traumatic stress, how it affects their lives and their reporting and how it impacts their audience. Lastly, it offers a paradigm for examining and reporting on conflicts and war through the lens of trauma awareness- an awareness we believe essential for today’s media professionals reporting on tragedy, trauma, war, and politics.

This kind of trauma-aware reporting can have important implications:

  • At societal, political and ethical levels
  • It can contribute to a deeper understanding between nations
  • It can help trauma and extreme stress to be more fully understood and processed by the general public; the media can help spread the knowledge about traumatic symptoms and state-of-the-art healing techniques.
  • It can help media professionals to interview trauma victims and to stay safe.

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