Sensationalism

“(especially in journalism) the use of exciting or shocking stories or language at the expense of accuracy, in order to provoke public interest or excitement” [Oxford]

“moral sensationalism” where moral is “concerned with the principles of right and wrong behavior and the goodness or badness of human character ” [Oxford]

Example: “Journalism, anti-Catholic and anti-immigrant polemics, temperance pamphlets, and evangelical tracts together create a luridly compelling anti-urban genre that depicted the city as the vicious destroyer of the common good, of family life and individual character….” “…has dubbed this genre of urban writing moral sensationalism.” [Orsi Reading]

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