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Scolding John Q.: Articulating A Normative Relationship Between Politics And Entertainment, Emily West Jan 2005

Scolding John Q.: Articulating A Normative Relationship Between Politics And Entertainment, Emily West

Emily E. West

The 2002 hostage drama John Q. triggered a discussion among journalists, the public, and the policy community about the proper relationship between politics and entertainment. In this debate the criteria for good journalism and good political discourse were frequently invoked to evaluate this Hollywood film. This discussion, which spilled out of the film criticism pages into news and commentary pages, shows how public sphere models of political discourse are privileged even though they may not be a good fit for fictional media. John Q.’s success in triggering public discussion and awareness about health policy issues seems to illustrate DeLuca ...