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Speaking Truth to Sorkin: Interpretive Community and the Critical Response to The Newsroom

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This study examines the reactions of 35 television critics to season one of The Newsroom, a drama created and written by Aaron Sorkin and airing on HBO during the summer of 2012. A content analysis of season one reviews from June 2012 and corresponding critic Twitter postings was conducted. Regardless of a critic’s overall rating or assessment of The Newsroom, the critics approach the show as members of an interpretive community by structuring reviews around certain show elements, using a specific language to talk about the show, and relying on the intertextual elements inherent to both their profession and the television drama in order to shape audience opinion. Because of the critics’ unique relationship to the plot and setting of the show, and ability to share opinions through the media, reviews demonstrated a range of personal reactions and continued the larger national dialogue about politics, government, journalism and cable news that the show triggered.

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Powers, Rachel. "Speaking Truth to Sorkin: Interpretive Community and the Critical Response to The Newsroom" Paper presented at the annual meeting of the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication, Le Centre Sheraton, Montreal, Canada, Aug 06, 2014 <Not Available>. 2014-12-19 <http://citation.allacademic.com/meta/p744348_index.html>

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Powers, R. , 2014-08-06 "Speaking Truth to Sorkin: Interpretive Community and the Critical Response to The Newsroom" Paper presented at the annual meeting of the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication, Le Centre Sheraton, Montreal, Canada Online <APPLICATION/PDF>. 2014-12-19 from http://citation.allacademic.com/meta/p744348_index.html

Publication Type: Conference Paper/Unpublished Manuscript
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Abstract: This study examines the reactions of 35 television critics to season one of The Newsroom, a drama created and written by Aaron Sorkin and airing on HBO during the summer of 2012. A content analysis of season one reviews from June 2012 and corresponding critic Twitter postings was conducted. Regardless of a critic’s overall rating or assessment of The Newsroom, the critics approach the show as members of an interpretive community by structuring reviews around certain show elements, using a specific language to talk about the show, and relying on the intertextual elements inherent to both their profession and the television drama in order to shape audience opinion. Because of the critics’ unique relationship to the plot and setting of the show, and ability to share opinions through the media, reviews demonstrated a range of personal reactions and continued the larger national dialogue about politics, government, journalism and cable news that the show triggered.


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