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Media and Public Shaming: Drawing the Boundaries of Disclosure

Media and Public Shaming: Drawing the Boundaries of Disclosure

Edited by: Julian Petley

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The media today, and especially the national press, are frequently in conflict with people in the public eye, particularly politicians and celebrities, over the disclosure of private information and behaviour. Historically, journalists have argued that 'naming and shaming' serious wrong-doing and behaviour on the part of public officials is justified as being in the public interest. However, when the media spotlight is shone on perfetly legal personal behaviour, family issues and sexual orientation, and when, in particular this involves ordinary people, the question arises of whether such matters are really in the 'public interest' in any meaningful sense of the term. In this book, leading academics, commentators and journalists from a variety of different cultures consider the extent to which the media are entitled to reveal details of people's private lives, the laws and regulations which govern such relations, and whether these are still relevant in the age of social media.

Table of Contents

Chapter 1
Jacob Rowbottom | To Punish, Inform, and Criticise: The Goals of Naming and Shaming

Chapter 2
Julian Petley | Public Interest or Public Shaming?

Chapter 3
Simon Dawes | Privacy and the Freedom of the Press: A False Dichotomy

Chapter 4
Julian Petley | On Privacy: From Mill to Mosley 59

Chapter 5
Hanne Detel | Disclosure and Public Shaming in the Age of New Visibility

Chapter 6
Jingwei Wu and Heng Lu | Cultural and Gender Differences in Self-Disclosure on Social Networking Sites

Chapter 7
Romayne Smith Fullerton and Maggie Jones Patterson | Crime News and Privacy: Comparing Crime Reporting in Sweden, the Netherlands, and the United Kingdom

Chapter 8
Julia Lefkowitz | The Dominique Strauss-Kahn Scandal: Mediating Authenticity in Le Monde and the New York Times

Chapter 9
Kevin Rafter | Public Interest and Individual Taste in Disclosing an Irish Minister’s Illness

Chapter 10
Tim Dwyer | Visible ‘Evidence’ in TV News: Regulating Privacy in the Public Interest?

Chapter 11
Adrian Quinn | John Leslie: The Naming and Shaming of an Innocent Man

Chapter 12
John Lloyd | The Two Cultures

Author Info

Julian Petley is Professor of Screen Media in the School of Arts at Brunel University, a member of the editorial board of the British Journalism Review and of the advisory board of Index on Censorship. He has recently co-edited 'Moral Panics in the Contemporary World' (with Chas Critcher, Jason Hughes, and Amanda Rohloff), and his most recent publications include 'Film and Video Censorship in Modern Britain' and 'Censorship: A Beginner's Guide'. A former journalist, he is co-chair of the Campaign for Press and Broadcasting Freedom.

Bibliographic Info

Imprint: I.B.Tauris
Publisher: I.B.Tauris & Co. Ltd.
Series: Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism

ISBN: 9781780765877
Publication Date: 29 Jun 2013
Number of Pages: 192
Height: 216
Width: 134

ISBN: 9781780765860
Publication Date: 29 Jun 2013
Number of Pages: 256
Height: 216
Width: 134
Illustrations: Illustrations

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