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Are scandals a form of legitimate journalism, or are they a sign of a society in moral degeneration? These questions are addressed and assessed in Media Scandals, the first book to take a comprehensive look at how scandals are produced and played out in modern culture.

-Lull and Hinerman have brought together wide-ranging studies on scandal. Their opening essay sets the ecological and typological parameters of scandals and upholds the proposition that media scandal is crucial for moral thinking and decision making. . . . J. B. Thompson theorizes about the social impact of scandals when they exist only as a media event. H. Gray examines media scandal as an overarching event revealing how in the U.S. the majority white race can make blackness a measure of scandal. L. Grindstaff goes behind the scenes of the afternoon TV talk shows. . . S.E. Bird looks at how the audience shapes and uses scandal to understand and reiterate accepted values - and how scandals drive out other information. J. Tomlinson finds the globalization of media does not change the nature or response to scandals. . . . The other essays examine specific scandals surrounding the presidency, sports, religion, pop music, and celebrities. All the authors find, with some important deviations, that scandals serve a community purpose, help uphold the status quo and majority morality, and at the same time promote the wealth and influence of the media powers. -Choice

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Editorial Reviews

Rhetoric and Public Affairs
Lull and Hinerman's volume ambitiously sets out to chart the terrain of media scandals, from their history and defining characteristics to their cultural consequences.

— Bethami A. Dobkin, University of San Deigo

Rhetoric and Public Affairs - Bethami A. Dobkin

Lull and Hinerman's volume ambitiously sets out to chart the terrain of media scandals, from their history and defining characteristics to their cultural consequences.

From the Publisher

"An impressive array of international authors examines "mediated scandals" in a variety of contexts, including the political, the sporting and the religious, and across a number of media forms such as the talk-show, the tabloid and the pop song. This volume should feed, and fuel, the escalating debates about the shifting balance between the "private" and the "public", the demise of traditional centres of moral value and the complex roles that media play in shaping our ethical universe." Professor Annabelle Sreberny-Mohammadi, Centre for the Mass Communication Research, University of Leicester

"Perceptive." The Independent

"This is a book to be recommended. It is an interesting collection of essays bringing a variety of disciplinary perspectives, from both Britain and the United States, to bear on the question of scandal." The Times Higher Education Supplement

"The right book at the right time ... an important collection of essays." European Journal of Cultural Studies

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780231111652
  • Publisher: Columbia University Press
  • Publication date: 12/9/1997
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 270
  • Product dimensions: 6.04 (w) x 9.06 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

JAMES LULL is professor of communication studies at San Jose State University.

STEPHEN HINERMAN is lecturer in communication studies at San Jose State University.

Columbia University Press

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Table of Contents

List of Contributors
1 The Search for Scandal 1
2 Scandal and Social Theory 34
3 "And Besides, the Wench is Dead": Media Scandals and the Globalization of Communication 65
4 Anxiety, Desire, and Conflict in the American Racial Imagination 85
5 What a Story! Understanding the Audience for Scandal 99
6 Character, Celebrity, and Sexual Innuendo in the Mass-Mediated Presidency 122
7 (Don't) Leave Me Alone: Tabloid Narrative and the Michael Jackson Child-Abuse Scandal 143
8 Producing Trash, Class, and the Money Shot: A Behind-the-Scenes Account of Daytime TV Talk Shows 164
9 Apollo Undone: The Sports Scandal 203
10 Church, Media, and Scandal 222
11 Pushin' it to the Limit: Scandals and Pop Music 240
Index 255
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