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Remote Control: How Mass Media Delegitimize Rioting as Social Protest

Shannon Campbell, Phil Chidester, Jamel Bell and Jason Royer
Race, Gender & Class
Vol. 11, No. 1, Race, Gender, Class and the 1992 L.A. "Riots" (2004), pp. 158-176
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/41675118
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Abstract

This study investigates newspaper coverage of contemporary riots. An analysis of the Los Angeles riots of 1992 and the Cincinnati riots of 2001 demonstrates the media's role in situating riotous activity within very specific frames. The authors contend that newspaper coverage of recent riots represents a shift in the way media frame rioting. Race riots of the 1960s are often linked to and situated within the social protest frame by media (the authors contend that a great difference exists between the Civil Rights Movement and the race riot). Contemporary riots like those in Los Angeles and Cincinnati are most often framed as ineffective, illogical protests against established order, and not as mechanisms for progressive social change.

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