Pointing the Finger of Blame: News Media Coverage of Popular-Culture Culpability
Scharrer, Erica, Weidman, Lisa M., Bissell, Kimberly L., Journalism and Communication Monographs
In the 1990s, three relatively high-profile tragedies occurred in which popular media products (including movies, recorded music, television talk shows, the Internet, tabloid newspapers, and video games) were argued to be the primary cause. This study analyzes the discourse surrounding the culpability that was placed on popular culture in major newspaper coverage of the car crash that killed Princess Diana, the murder associated with the "Jenny Jones" show, and the shootings at Columbine High School in Littleton, Colorado. The analysis reveals patterns in the assignment of blame-and relatively more rarely of exoneration-of popular culture, interpreting why and how popular …
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Publication information: Article title: Pointing the Finger of Blame: News Media Coverage of Popular-Culture Culpability. Contributors: Scharrer, Erica - Author, Weidman, Lisa M. - Author, Bissell, Kimberly L. - Author. Journal title: Journalism and Communication Monographs. Volume: 5. Issue: 2 Publication date: Summer 2003. Page number: 47. © Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication Winter 2008. Provided by ProQuest LLC. All Rights Reserved.
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