The World's Nicest Grown‐Up: A Fantasy Theme Analysis of News Media Coverage of Fred Rogers

@inproceedings{Bishop2003TheWN,
  title={The World's Nicest Grown‐Up: A Fantasy Theme Analysis of News Media Coverage of Fred Rogers},
  author={Ronald D. Bishop},
  year={2003}
}
  • Ronald D. Bishop
  • Published 2003
  • Sociology
  • This article applies fantasy theme analysis (Bormann, 1972, 1976, 1982, 1983, 2000) to explain the rhetorical vision that emerges from newspaper and broadcast news coverage of American television personality Fred Rogers. For the past 3 decades, journalists have framed Rogers as a calming influence and treated him with deference and respect. Journalists have created a fantasy about Rogers that holds him up as the embodiment of television’s potential, potential that can be realized only by… CONTINUE READING

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