Journalism Studies | Mass Communication | Television
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 culture was targeted as a cause of the tragedies.
©2003 SAGE Publications.
Erica Scharrer, Lisa M. Weidman, Kimberly Bissell
Pointing the finger of blame: news media coverage of popular-culture culpability.
Journalism & Communication Monographs, 2003, volume 5, issue 2, pages 48-98
Scharrer, Erica; Weidman, Lisa M.; and Bissell, Kimberly, "Pointing the Finger of Blame: News Media Coverage of Popular-Culture Culpability" (2003). Faculty Publications. Accepted Version. Submission 8.