Wednesday, December 5, 2007
  O.J.'s Mugshot
One little known racial controversy that took place in the United States not all that long ago is the controversy regarding O.J. Simpson's mugshot.

As many know, the shot was published on the covers of both Time and Newsweek, yet something was still very different between the two.

In case it isn't obvious, the image on the right has been heavily manipulated to make it appear much darker than it truly is. Time was accused of perpetuating the stereotype of a violent black male while at the same time separating the "white-washed" O.J. even further from his white constituents.

Quite frankly, I feel that by publishing this image, Time rebuked some of their journalistic power. In addition to perpetuating racial stereotypes, Time also published a highly doctored image and I, as a viewer, can't help but wonder what else they aren't letting me see.
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This blog is a companion piece to CCJN4394:Media Effects taught by Dr. J. Richard Stevens at Southern Methodist University.

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