ABSTRACT

This chapter focuses on what media scholars call “the tragic frame,” or how certain events are understood as tragic. It is here that the book investigates the COVID-19 pandemic and climate change, suggesting that these demonstrate the limits of the tragic frame as these are long-term, collective catastrophes that affect the whole of humanity. It argues that an expanded view of tragedy opens up possibilities for thinking about new lines of solidarity. It concludes with a call for a revitalization of the notion of “the commons.”