SAGE Journal Articles

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Furno-Lamude, D., & Anderson, J. (1992). The uses and gratifications of rerun viewing. Journalism & Mass Communication Quarterly, 69, 362-372. doi:10.1177/107769909206900210

Even from the earliest days of commercial television in the 1950s, viewers have been able to pick between first-run or rerun television programs. One way or the other, about half of today's television menu involves rerun material. This survey of viewers finds a number of motivations associated with the viewing of each type of program. For many viewers, nostalgia or pure enjoyment is associated with viewing reruns more than with viewing first run programs. But those with time to kill are more likely to watch first run programs; rerun viewing seems to require more motivation.

Hughey, M. W., & Daniels, J. (2013). Racist comments at online news sites: A methodological dilemma for discourse analysis. Media, Culture, & Society, 35, 332-347. doi:10.1177/0163443712472089

In 2004, awash with the hope for a public sphere reinvigorated by the popular internet, the online arms of many U.S. newspapers opened their websites for comments. Now, nine years into this experiment, many newspapers have abandoned the practice of allowing comments. Online news sites have adopted a variety of strategies to deal with offensive comments, including turning “comments off,” not archiving comments, and adopting aggressive comment moderation policies. These strategies present researchers who wish to understand how racism operates in the new public sphere of mainstream news sites with a set of methodological dilemmas. In this article we (1) lay out the methodological pitfalls for the systematic investigation of the prevalent pattern of racism in online comments in the public sphere and (2) suggest steps by which scholars may deal with these methodological intricacies. We conclude by pointing to the broader implications of online content moderation.