Author: tnorton6

The Glove That Did or Didn’t Fit: O.J. Simpson’s 1994 Trial & Domestic Violence Coverage in the Mass Media

Taking the O.J. Simpson trial as an example again, it is important to consider that “public issues grow up around private troubles when the experiences of individuals are understood as exemplifying a larger social problem, and the news media, in particular, are positioned to play a vital role in the construction of such problems” (Gillespie et al., 2013, p. 223). O.J. Simpson was the perfect conduit of a private issue becoming a public issue because he was already in the public eye as a famed spokesperson and in Americans’ homes as a popular football star.