Date of Award
College of Liberal Arts
Type of Degree
The commodification of tragedy is an examination of contemporary film that depicts real events of human tragedy that are imposed on human society. Commodities are the cultural products of capitalist society through which meanings are attached; nationally released film and documentary-style cinematic productions are objects for consumption that presents tragedy as a simplistic and distorted spectacle of simulated reality. Titanic, United 93, and We Are…Marshall! share the conspicuous traits of distortion in historical facts through fictionalization of the event and reduction of complexity carried out by the entertainment industry.
Motion pictures - Plots, themes, etc.
Motion pictures - Social aspects.
Dawson, Harold, "The Commodification of Tragedy: A Critical Examination of Contemporary Film" (2007). Theses, Dissertations and Capstones. 559.