Scandal in a Digital Age

  • Hinda Mandell
  • Gina Masullo Chen

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xvii
  2. Historical Perspectives on Scandal

  3. When Privates Go Public

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 75-75
    2. Joshua Gamson
      Pages 77-95
    3. Diana York Blaine
      Pages 105-118
    4. Gina Masullo Chen, Paromita Pain, Deepa Fadnis
      Pages 131-144
    5. Gemma Richardson, Romayne Smith Fullerton
      Pages 145-157
  4. Digital Surveillance

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 159-159
    2. Susan Keith
      Pages 161-172
    3. Brian Moritz
      Pages 185-199
  5. Back Matter
    Pages 217-224

About this book


This book explores the way today’s interconnected and digitized world marked by social media, over-sharing, and blurred lines between public and private spheres shapes the nature and fallout of scandal in a frenzied media environment. Today’s digitized world has erased the former distinction between the public and private self in the social sphere. Scandal in a Digital Age marries scholarly research on scandal with journalistic critique to explore how our Internet culture driven by (over)sharing and viral, visual content impacts the occurrence of scandal and its rapid spread online through retweets and reposts. No longer are examples of scandalous behavior “merely” reported in the news. Today, news consumers can see the visual evidence of salacious behavior whether through an illicit tweet or video with a simple click. And we can’t help but click           


scandal politics public-private divide sex Brian Williams Bill O'Reilly Bill Clinton Monica Lewinsky crime culture Framing journalism journalists media studies methods political science social science sociology

Editors and affiliations

  • Hinda Mandell
    • 1
  • Gina Masullo Chen
    • 2
  1. 1.School of CommunicationRochester Institute of TechnologyRochesterUSA
  2. 2.School of JournalismThe University of Texas at AustinTexasUSA

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