Vergessene Welten und blinde Flecken
Die mediale Vernachlässigung des Globalen Südens. Quantitative geografische Mediendiskursanalyse über die Berichterstattung der Tagesschau und ausgewählter Leitmedien
"How realistically do media portray the world?" is not only one of the crucial issues of media studies, but also a question that probably every viewer or reader has asked himself at some point. The long-term study Vergessene Welten und blinde Flecken (Forgotten Worlds and Blind Spots) has evaluated, among other things, about 5,100 broadcasts of the German news program Tagesschau from 1996 and from 2007 to 2019 as well as reports from selected leading media (Deutschlandfunk, Süddeutsche Zeitung, Der Spiegel, Brennpunkt, Anne Will, Hart aber Fair, Maischberger, Maybrit Illner, CBS Evening News, The Washington Post, Time, The Guardian and Le Monde). It comes to the conclusion that the countries of the global south (the so-called developing countries or Third World) are massively underrepresented in German reporting.
Ladislaus Ludescher studied German philology, history and European art history at Heidelberg University. In 2017, he was awarded his doctorate for a thesis on the perception of the American Revolution in German literature. He has since been working on his habilitation at the Goethe University of Frankfurt on the perception of the US presidents, and he is also a lecturer at the history department of the University of Mannheim and other institutions. His research focuses on the literary and cultural relations between Germany and America and specializes in the analysis of domestic and foreign media.