News, celebrity, and vortextuality: a study of the media coverage of the Michael Jackson verdict.

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Hdl Handle:
http://hdl.handle.net/10547/230091
Title:
News, celebrity, and vortextuality: a study of the media coverage of the Michael Jackson verdict.
Authors:
Whannel, Garry
Abstract:
This paper examines the transformation of news as a cultural commodity and a social process by the expansion in the range, volume, and circulation speed of media production. It introduces the concept of vortextuality and illustrates the vortextual effect with reference to the coverage of the verdict announcement in the trial of Michael Jackson. The nature of “news” has been transformed by new media technology, the erosion of the division between public and private, and the growth of a celebrity culture. during the last two decades the volume of information in circulation, and the speed of circulation and feedback of information have increased dramatically. These tendencies have given rise to an effect I term vortextuality, whereby major news stories have the power to dominate the news media to such an extent that all attention appears, temporarily, to be directed towards them. Editorials, cartoons, columns, features, phone-ins are all focused on the same issue. As with vortex-based natural phenomena, however, the vortextuality effect is unpredictable and short-lived. This paper illustrates some of the processes of vortextuality at work in the media coverage around the world of the announcement of the verdict in the Michael Jackson trial.
Citation:
Whannel, G. (2010) 'News, celebrity, and vortextuality: a study of the media coverage of the Michael Jackson verdict' Cultural Politics 6 (1): 65-84
Publisher:
Bloomsbury publishers
Journal:
Cultural Politics
Issue Date:
Mar-2010
URI:
http://hdl.handle.net/10547/230091
DOI:
10.2752/175174310X12549254318782
Additional Links:
http://culturalpolitics.dukejournals.org/content/6/1/65.short
Type:
Article
Language:
en
ISSN:
1743-2197
Appears in Collections:
JOG: Journalism and the Olympic Games Research Group

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dc.contributor.authorWhannel, Garryen_GB
dc.date.accessioned2012-06-21T13:10:58Zen
dc.date.available2012-06-21T13:10:58Zen
dc.date.issued2010-03en
dc.identifier.citationWhannel, G. (2010) 'News, celebrity, and vortextuality: a study of the media coverage of the Michael Jackson verdict' Cultural Politics 6 (1): 65-84en_GB
dc.identifier.issn1743-2197en
dc.identifier.doi10.2752/175174310X12549254318782en
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10547/230091en
dc.description.abstractThis paper examines the transformation of news as a cultural commodity and a social process by the expansion in the range, volume, and circulation speed of media production. It introduces the concept of vortextuality and illustrates the vortextual effect with reference to the coverage of the verdict announcement in the trial of Michael Jackson. The nature of “news” has been transformed by new media technology, the erosion of the division between public and private, and the growth of a celebrity culture. during the last two decades the volume of information in circulation, and the speed of circulation and feedback of information have increased dramatically. These tendencies have given rise to an effect I term vortextuality, whereby major news stories have the power to dominate the news media to such an extent that all attention appears, temporarily, to be directed towards them. Editorials, cartoons, columns, features, phone-ins are all focused on the same issue. As with vortex-based natural phenomena, however, the vortextuality effect is unpredictable and short-lived. This paper illustrates some of the processes of vortextuality at work in the media coverage around the world of the announcement of the verdict in the Michael Jackson trial.en
dc.language.isoenen
dc.publisherBloomsbury publishersen_GB
dc.relation.urlhttp://culturalpolitics.dukejournals.org/content/6/1/65.shorten
dc.subjectMichael Jacksonen_GB
dc.subjectjournalismen_GB
dc.subjectcelebrityen_GB
dc.subjectmediaen_GB
dc.titleNews, celebrity, and vortextuality: a study of the media coverage of the Michael Jackson verdict.en
dc.typeArticleen
dc.identifier.journalCultural Politicsen_GB
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