O. J. Simpson Facts and Fictions: News Rituals in the Construction of Reality / Edition 1

O. J. Simpson Facts and Fictions: News Rituals in the Construction of Reality / Edition 1

by Darnell M. Hunt
     
 

Abundant popular discourses surround the O. J. Simpson double murder case. By contrast, Darnell Hunt scrutinizes these very discourses in order to further our understanding of the interests underlying them. Exploring the relationships between O. J.'s trial, the social location of television viewers (their race, gender and class) and everyday consciousness of social… See more details below

Overview

Abundant popular discourses surround the O. J. Simpson double murder case. By contrast, Darnell Hunt scrutinizes these very discourses in order to further our understanding of the interests underlying them. Exploring the relationships between O. J.'s trial, the social location of television viewers (their race, gender and class) and everyday consciousness of social issues, his textual and audience analyses consider the incredible allure of the trial as "media event." Looking beyond the obvious explanations of celebrity, scandal and voyeurism, Dr. Hunt asks: Why was America so obsessed by this case? Why did so many people invest in particular outcomes? And what are we to make of the apparent racial divide in attitudes about the case, as shown in the opinion polls?

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780521624688
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
03/28/2014
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
350
Product dimensions:
5.98(w) x 8.98(h) x 1.02(d)

Table of Contents

List of figures
List of tables
Acknowledgments
Introduction: Knowing O. J.1
Pt. ITheory15
1O. J. and ritual17
2O. J. and politics49
Pt. IINews construction85
3Press rites and O. J. wrongs: behind the scenes at "Camp O. J."87
4Celebrating the process: O. J. and KTLA-TV107
5(Re)affirming official sources: O. J. and the Los Angeles Times133
6(Il)legitimate transgressions: O. J. and the Los Angeles Sentinel156
Pt. IIIAudience reception179
7Raced ways of seeing O. J.181
8Raced ways of seeing O. J. - revisited216
Pt. IVConclusions247
9O. J. and reality249
App. 1Page-one O. J. narratives, Los Angeles Times, January 25-October 4, 1995275
App. 2Page-one O. J. narratives, Los Angeles Sentinel, January 25-October 5, 1995279
App. 3Emerging discussion themes, by group, March 30, 1995282
App. 4Emerging discussion themes, by group, August 1, 1995289
App. 5Transcript of Primetime text294
App. 6Transcript of KTLA text301
App. 7Logistic regression of perceptions about Simpson's innocence or guilt on race, gender, education, family income, interviewer race, and perceptions of criminal justice system bias308
Notes309
References334
Index344

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