Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

Tried in the Court of Public Opinion: The interplay of new media, the press, and feminist associations in the wake of Dominique Strauss-Kahn's arrest
by Warren, Shannon Leigh, M.A., The American University of Paris (France), 2012, 129; 10305744
Abstract (Summary)

The arrest of Dominique Strauss-Kahn in New York City on May 14, 2011 was arguably a seminal point in French media history. It brought into question a longstanding tradition of media silence in the lives of politicians, saw the use of new media as an influential force, and incited the outrage of feminist associations who became infuriated at the misogynistic comments of the French elite in defense of DSK and the media's complicity in the promulgation of those attitudes. This study is informed William Dutton's "Fifth Estate", or use of information communications technologies to provide a democratic forum for dissemination of information and debate. Also crucial to this thesis is Nancy Fraser's critique of J├╝rgen Habermas' theory of the Public Sphere, and the role that disadvantaged groups can take to include issues of importance to them in public deliberation. In order determine whether the news narrative and public perceptions have changed in the wake of this media scandal, this thesis includes a discourse analysis, a survey, and an expert interview of one of the first French journalists to report on the story.

Keywords: Dominique Strauss-Kahn, Public Sphere, the Fifth Estate, Critical Discourse Analysis, Gendered Mediation

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Talcott, Charles
Commitee: Fraser, Matthew
School: The American University of Paris (France)
Department: Global Communications and Civil Society
School Location: France
Source: MAI 56/02M(E), Masters Abstracts International
Subjects: Journalism, Multimedia Communications
Keywords: Fifth Estate, France, Gendered mediation, New media, Public sphere, Strauss-Kahn, Dominique
Publication Number: 10305744
ISBN: 9781369493085
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