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MEDIATED MEMORIES, THE POLITICS OF THE PAST

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Author(s): Michael P. Levine

Journal: Annales Philosophici
ISSN 2067-3159

Volume: 1;
Issue: 1;
Start page: 30;
Date: 2010;
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Keywords: monuments | memorials | commemoration | public mourning

ABSTRACT
The age of monumentality, or meaningful memorials and memorialization in the public sphere, is over. The design, execution, and even the meanings of public memorials are subjected to the will of those with the political and economic clout that see to it that their own understanding of events is the one represented literally and symbolically in the media and by the memorial. This paper looks at a range of theoretical and empirical considera┬Čtions to employ them in order to support the claim that meaningful memorialization in the public sphere has come to an end. At the same time, supposing this hypothesis to be reasonably accurate, some of its significant implications will be drawn out.
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