As the word turns: Drama, rhetoric, and press coverage of the Hill‐Thomas hearings

@article{Lipari1994AsTW,
  title={As the word turns: Drama, rhetoric, and press coverage of the Hill‐Thomas hearings},
  author={L. Lipari},
  journal={Political Communication},
  year={1994},
  volume={11},
  pages={299-308}
}
  • L. Lipari
  • Published 1994
  • Sociology
  • Political Communication
Because of the unique character of the Hill‐Thomas hearings, journalists were left without a stock political plot to render the proceedings in familiar terms. Using narrative and rhetorical analyses, the study examines how newspaper journalists turned to so‐called women's entertainment genres such as soap opera and melodrama to dramatize and ultimately depoliticize the hearings. The study identifies four recurring rhetorical themes—melodrama, eroticization, agon, and privatization—that served… Expand
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