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O. J. Simpson Facts and Fictions

O. J. Simpson Facts and Fictions
News Rituals in the Construction of Reality


  • Date Published: April 1999
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521624688

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  • Abundant popular discourses surround the O. J. Simpson double murder case. By contrast, Darnell M. 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 were so many people interested 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? O. J. Simpson Facts and Fictions incorporates insights from sociology and cultural studies to examine the implications for race relations in the United States at the dawn of the new millennium.

    • Chronicles major US media event in sophisticated but readable way
    • Focuses on role of race in interpretation of events: may be controversial
    • First book to explore how television audiences interpreted events
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    • Date Published: April 1999
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521624688
    • length: 364 pages
    • dimensions: 226 x 152 x 22 mm
    • weight: 0.53kg
    • contains: 11 tables
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Introduction: knowing O.J.
    Part I. Theory:
    1. O. J. and ritual
    2. O. J. and politics
    Part II. News Construction:
    3. Press rites and O. J. wrongs: behind the scenes at 'camp O. J.'
    4. Celebrating the process: O. J. and KTLA-TV
    5. (Re)affirming official sources: O. J. and the Los Angeles Times
    6. (Il) legitimate transgressions: O. J. and the Los Angeles Sentinel
    Part III. Audience Reception:
    7. Raced ways of seeing O. J.
    8. Raced ways of seeing O. J. revisited
    Part IV. Conclusions:
    9. O. J. and reality

  • Author

    Darnell M. Hunt, University of Southern California

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