Stories Without Borders: The Berlin Wall and the Making of a Global Iconic Event by Julia SonnevendStories Without Borders: The Berlin Wall and the Making of a Global Iconic Event by Julia Sonnevend

Stories Without Borders: The Berlin Wall and the Making of a Global Iconic Event

byJulia Sonnevend

Paperback | October 21, 2016

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How do stories of particular events turn into global myths, while others fade away? What becomes known and seen as a global iconic event? In Stories without Borders, Julia Sonnevend considers the ways in which we recount and remember news stories of historic significance. Focusing onjournalists covering the fall of the Berlin Wall and on subsequent retellings of the event in a variety of ways - from Legoland reenactments to slabs of the Berlin Wall installed in global cities - Sonnevend discusses how certain events become built up so that people in many parts of the worldremember them for long periods of time. She argues that five dimensions determine the viability and longevity of international news events. First, a foundational narrative must be established with certain preconditions. Next, the established narrative becomes universalized and a mythical message developed. This message is then condensedand encapsulated in a simple phrase, a short narrative, and a recognizable visual scene. Counter-narratives emerge that reinterpret events and in turn facilitate their diffusion across multiple media platforms and changing social and political contexts. Sonnevend examines these five elements throughthe developments of November 9, 1989 - what came to be known as the fall of the Berlin Wall. Stories Without Borders concludes with a discussion of how global iconic events have an enduring effect on individuals and societies, pointing out that after common currencies, military alliances, andinternational courts have failed, stories may be all that we have to bring hope and unity.
Julia Sonnevend is Assistant Professor of Communication Studies at the University of Michigan.
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Title:Stories Without Borders: The Berlin Wall and the Making of a Global Iconic EventFormat:PaperbackDimensions:232 pages, 9.09 × 6.1 × 0.59 inPublished:October 21, 2016Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:019060431X

ISBN - 13:9780190604318

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"Did the Wall really fall? This book is important for showing how collective memory can construct a media event-retrospectively!" --Elihu Katz, Emeritus Professor, Hebrew University of Jerusalem and the Annenberg School for Communication, University of Pennsylvania