This is the first volume to evaluate scandal as a mass–mediated, globalized phenomenon. Top scholars examine how institutions and personalities ranging from politics, religion and big business to TV talkshows, sports, and popular music, become converted into scandalous commodities that drive tabloids, trash TV and "respectable" media too. By exploring how scandals fuel mass media and popular culture, this timely book will stimulate much discussion about this fascinating subject.
This will be essential reading for students and scholars in media studies, cultural studies, journalism/mass communication, communication studies and sociology.
List of Contributors.
1. The Search for Scandal: James Lull and Stephen Hinerman.
2. Scandal and Social Theory: John B. Thompson.
3."And Besides, the Wench is Dead": Media Scandals and the Globalization of Communication: John Tomlinson.
4. Anxiety, Desire, and Conflict in the American Racial Imagination: Herman Gray.
5. What a Story! Understanding the Audience for Scandal: S. Elizabeth Bird.
6. Character, Celebrity, and Sexual Innuendo in the Mass–Mediated Presidency: Bruce E. Gronbeck.
7. (Don′t) Leave Me Alone: Tabloid Narrative and the Michael Jackson Child Abuse Scandal: Stephen Hinerman.
8. Producing Trash, Class, and the Money Shot: A Behind the Scenes Account of Daytime TV Talkshows: Laura Grindstaff.
9. Apollo Undone: The Sports Scandal: David Rowe.
10. Church, Media, and Scandal: Paul A. Soukup.
11. Pushin′ it to the Limit: Scandals and Pop Music: Javier Santiago–Lucerna.
"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