Consequences of third-person perception in support of press restrictions in the O. J. Simpson trial

Michael B. Salwen, Paul Driscoll

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

72 Citations (Scopus)

Abstract

A nationwide telephone survey about the O. J. Simpson trial affirmed the third-person effect perceptual-bias hypothesis that people perceive news media coverage to exert greater influence on other people than on themselves. The study did not indicate an association between third-person perception and support for restrictions on press coverage of the trial. The findings suggested that respondents' opinions about Simpson's guilt interacted with the third-person effect and that perceptual bias remains a fruitful, although complex, predictor of support for press restrictions. It was suggested that people perceive issues as legitimate or illegitimate topics of public discourse, and that issue legitimacy may be associated with willingness to support press restrictions.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)60-78
Number of pages19
JournalJournal of Communication
Volume47
Issue number2
StatePublished - Mar 1997

Fingerprint

Telephone
human being
coverage
trend
guilt
telephone
legitimacy
news
discourse
Person Perception
Person

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Communication

Cite this

Consequences of third-person perception in support of press restrictions in the O. J. Simpson trial. / Salwen, Michael B.; Driscoll, Paul.

In: Journal of Communication, Vol. 47, No. 2, 03.1997, p. 60-78.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

@article{24ab56adfb144614881181f7af3bea6c,
title = "Consequences of third-person perception in support of press restrictions in the O. J. Simpson trial",
abstract = "A nationwide telephone survey about the O. J. Simpson trial affirmed the third-person effect perceptual-bias hypothesis that people perceive news media coverage to exert greater influence on other people than on themselves. The study did not indicate an association between third-person perception and support for restrictions on press coverage of the trial. The findings suggested that respondents' opinions about Simpson's guilt interacted with the third-person effect and that perceptual bias remains a fruitful, although complex, predictor of support for press restrictions. It was suggested that people perceive issues as legitimate or illegitimate topics of public discourse, and that issue legitimacy may be associated with willingness to support press restrictions.",
author = "Salwen, {Michael B.} and Paul Driscoll",
year = "1997",
month = "3",
language = "English (US)",
volume = "47",
pages = "60--78",
journal = "Journal of Communication",
issn = "0021-9916",
publisher = "Wiley-Blackwell",
number = "2",

}

TY - JOUR

T1 - Consequences of third-person perception in support of press restrictions in the O. J. Simpson trial

AU - Salwen, Michael B.

AU - Driscoll, Paul

PY - 1997/3

Y1 - 1997/3

N2 - A nationwide telephone survey about the O. J. Simpson trial affirmed the third-person effect perceptual-bias hypothesis that people perceive news media coverage to exert greater influence on other people than on themselves. The study did not indicate an association between third-person perception and support for restrictions on press coverage of the trial. The findings suggested that respondents' opinions about Simpson's guilt interacted with the third-person effect and that perceptual bias remains a fruitful, although complex, predictor of support for press restrictions. It was suggested that people perceive issues as legitimate or illegitimate topics of public discourse, and that issue legitimacy may be associated with willingness to support press restrictions.

AB - A nationwide telephone survey about the O. J. Simpson trial affirmed the third-person effect perceptual-bias hypothesis that people perceive news media coverage to exert greater influence on other people than on themselves. The study did not indicate an association between third-person perception and support for restrictions on press coverage of the trial. The findings suggested that respondents' opinions about Simpson's guilt interacted with the third-person effect and that perceptual bias remains a fruitful, although complex, predictor of support for press restrictions. It was suggested that people perceive issues as legitimate or illegitimate topics of public discourse, and that issue legitimacy may be associated with willingness to support press restrictions.

UR - http://www.scopus.com/inward/record.url?scp=0031509481&partnerID=8YFLogxK

UR - http://www.scopus.com/inward/citedby.url?scp=0031509481&partnerID=8YFLogxK

M3 - Article

VL - 47

SP - 60

EP - 78

JO - Journal of Communication

JF - Journal of Communication

SN - 0021-9916

IS - 2

ER -