The Impact of Popular Culture on American Perceptions of the Courts
19 Pages Posted: 10 Aug 2007
Date Written: August 2007
After a brief introduction defining popular culture as the commodities and experiences produced by the culture industry for mass audiences, this essay explores the impact of court-related popular culture on what Americans think of and expect from their courts. The Perry Mason effect from an earlier era and the CSI effect from the present are noted, as is scholarly work by Michael Asimow, Philip T. Dunwoody, Kimberlianne Podlas, Victoria S. Salzmann, and others. The essay concludes with suggestions for what might be done in the courthouse, the community, and the family room to control the impact of court-related popular culture on American legal consciousness.
Keywords: popular culture, courts, perceptions
JEL Classification: K10, K40, K41
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