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Scandal in the Time of the New Media

Scandal in the Time of the New Media Poerksen, B. & Detel, H. (2014). The Unleashed Scandal: The End of Control in the Digital Age . La Vergne, TN: Ingram Book Company. ISBN 9781845407193 (225 pp., $29.90). Stories of scandalous, digitized faux pax abound in Poerksen and Detel's new work. In the digital age, the authors explain, scandal is a “medium of media: a pattern for the organization of knowledge and attention, a possibility of classifying and ordering remote unknown spheres of reality with lightning speed and… evaluat[ing] them without major intellectual or other expenditure” (p. 10). Tales of scandal—a husband humiliated by his soon‐to‐be ex‐wife's tell‐all YouTube video, for example—are employed to illustrate the authors’ main thesis: In the digital age of information sharing, the old rules of scandal (e.g., trained journalists as information gatekeepers and the initiators of scandal) are swept aside. Taking their place is the digital frontier of the Internet in which virtually anyone can be the subject or progenitor of scandal. Borrowing from psychology and sociology, as well as their own discipline of media studies, Poerksen and Detel identify three specific trends which lend support to their larger thesis: the transition of power from the “old” media (e.g., traditional journalists, television http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Analyses of Social Issues & Public Policy Wiley

Scandal in the Time of the New Media

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Publisher
Wiley
Copyright
© 2015 The Society for the Psychological Study of Social Issues
ISSN
1529-7489
eISSN
1530-2415
DOI
10.1111/asap.12077
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Abstract

Poerksen, B. & Detel, H. (2014). The Unleashed Scandal: The End of Control in the Digital Age . La Vergne, TN: Ingram Book Company. ISBN 9781845407193 (225 pp., $29.90). Stories of scandalous, digitized faux pax abound in Poerksen and Detel's new work. In the digital age, the authors explain, scandal is a “medium of media: a pattern for the organization of knowledge and attention, a possibility of classifying and ordering remote unknown spheres of reality with lightning speed and… evaluat[ing] them without major intellectual or other expenditure” (p. 10). Tales of scandal—a husband humiliated by his soon‐to‐be ex‐wife's tell‐all YouTube video, for example—are employed to illustrate the authors’ main thesis: In the digital age of information sharing, the old rules of scandal (e.g., trained journalists as information gatekeepers and the initiators of scandal) are swept aside. Taking their place is the digital frontier of the Internet in which virtually anyone can be the subject or progenitor of scandal. Borrowing from psychology and sociology, as well as their own discipline of media studies, Poerksen and Detel identify three specific trends which lend support to their larger thesis: the transition of power from the “old” media (e.g., traditional journalists, television

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Analyses of Social Issues & Public PolicyWiley

Published: Dec 1, 2015

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