Media Anthropology represents a convergence of issues and interests on anthropological approaches to the study of media. The purpose of this reader is to promote the identity of the field of study; identify its major concepts, methods, and bibliography; comment on the state of the art; and provide examples of current research. Based on original articles by leading scholars from several countries and academic disciplines, Media Anthropology provides essays introducing the issues, reviewing the field, forging new conceptual syntheses.
Chapter 21: CJ's Revenge: A Case Study of News as Cultural Narrative
CJ's Revenge: A Case Study of News as Cultural Narrative
On October 10, 1991, ABC's news magazine Prime Time ran a story titled “Angel of Death.” It began with a montage of shots in bars and other night spots, showing people dancing and drinking against a background of flashing neon signs advertising topless shows and other dubious pleasures. Over the throbbing dance beat, Diane Sawyer intoned:
She is called the Black Widow. She says she has AIDS, and she's bent on revenge. She says she's going to clubs and bars and sleeping with lots of men so that she won't be the only one to die. No one knows who she is, but she's the most ...