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Spectacle Media and the Making of the O. J. Simpson Story

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ISBN-10: 0275953203

ISBN-13: 9780275953201

Edition: 1997

Authors: Paul Thaler

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In the "Year of Simpson," the country was caught in the throes of the biggest story ever. No other single news event in our history could match the sheer scope and intensity of coverage given to the O. J. Simpson murder case. But the media did not just report the Simpson case, they were instrumental in creating it--a spectacle of such stupendous proportions that it "hijacked" American culture. In this critical expose of American media, Thaler presents a riveting narrative about the men and women who gave us the story of the century. It is a sprawling tale of the media grappling with their role as news-reporting entities; seduced by the values of entertainment and tabloidism; and faced with increased competition, fragmented audiences, and frantic pressure to keep both eyes on the bottom line. The Simpson story is one of exploitation, of media overkill and outright pandering, of huge profitmaking, all of which undermined the trial and fueled tremendous public cynicism about the way in which justice--and the media--work in this country. For more than a year, America was held captive to the great murder story. In Thaler's analysis, the media, more than any other single "participant," altered the workings of the Simpson courtroom and the outcome of one of the most celebrated trials in America's history. From the first coverage of the murders to the final days of the "trial of the century," the media were not only telling us what had become of justice in this country, but also what had become of them. This is that story.
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Book details

List price: $45.00
Copyright year: 1997
Publisher: ABC-CLIO, LLC
Publication date: 10/28/1997
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 344
Size: 6.25" wide x 9.50" long x 1.25" tall
Weight: 1.144
Language: English

Acknowledgments
Introduction
Murder in Los Angeles Bundy and Rockingham
The Chase Frenzy in L.A.
The Greatest Story Ever Metamorphosis
The Race Card Judge Ito and the Media
The Great Camera Debate Media Wars
The Trial of O. J. Simpson Firestorm Exposed House of Mirrors
The Journalists
The Fuhrman Trial
The Black and White Press
Closing Curtain
Judgment Day
Aftermath
Prologue
Notes
Index