Tuesday, May 26, 2015
THE YEAR SENSATIONALISM BROKE
In 1994, sensationalism and tabloid news took center stage. This was the year that launched tabloid news to its height we see today. The year started with the underpinnings of the Lorena Bobbitt trial and then progressed to the Tanya Harding and Nancy Kerrigan scandal and then, of coarse, climaxed in the summer with the OJ Simpson murder conviction and chase. What also happened was that the Jerry Springer show hired a new producer, Richard Dominick, after the show's ratings were low. The show, which first aired in 1991, was legitimate in it's early days and featured relevant issues such as gun control and homelessness. But ratings when down until the new order took over. Ratings then spiked when the show featured most anything that was crude, obnoxious, outrageous, and sensational. The rest you can say is Shock Television History.