As someone previously posted, there are many elements involved in this
discussion. 1- domestic violence and 2- TV coverage of the O.J. Simpson case.
Certainly these elements interact, but it might be useful to separate them for
the moment. Unfortunately, the Mr. John Thomas ill-informed diatribe, does
little to truly advance the discussion in regards to domestic violence; but
there have been a number of other comments that I think do move things along.
Perhaps IUve missed something, but what I find wanting is a developing discourse
in regards to TV representation of this event and the way the networks frame
the issues. The networks have a great deal of difficulty in sustaining a
meaningful public dialogue around issues that are vitally important. Another
arena of discourse is safely marginalized in the realms of academia and lost in
a zone of a comfortable obscurity. Occasionally these realms intersect when
RexpertsS are needed to enhance the truly abysmal state of broadcast
The networks create media events such as town hall meetings in order to sustain
an illusion of democracy. As they fetishize the Simpson case <under the guise
of news reporting> the networks further trivialize the social context of
domestic violence and its victims. Could you imagine what would happen if a
fraction of the time and money spent on this case was devoted to a coordinated
national discussion on health care reform?