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The Tinnitus Trope: Acoustic Trauma in Narrative Film

posted Sep 11, 2015, 11:24 AM by Mack Hagood
This summer I was thrilled to contribute to a new Cine-Files Dossier on Film Sound, edited by the terrific sound scholar from Northwestern, Jacob Smith. My piece concerned one of my favorite/least favorite topics, tinnitus. As someone with persistent "ringing in the ears" and who does ethnographic research on others with this condition, I usually study tinnitus in itself, as well as the ways people use media to ameliorate it. However, in this piece, I study the cinematic representation of tinnitus to see what it might suggest about changing notions of selfhood over the past few decades. Plus, there's a timeline! And a spectrograph! How empirical of me!