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"Apology Made to Whoever Pleases": Cultural Discipline and the Grounds of Interpretation

dc.contributor.authorSloop, John M., 1963-
dc.identifier.citationSloop, John M. "'Apology Made to Whoever Pleases': Cultural Discipline and the Grounds of Interpretation." Communication Quarterly 42.4 (1994): 345-362.en
dc.description.abstractAfter reviewing contemporary cultural and media scholarship that emphasizes the role of audiences in creating resistant readings of texts, this essay suggests that such audience-oriented theories should be re-supplemented with a concern for the ways in which texts, the grounds of interpretation, are constrained by cultural forces. Through a critical analysis of the controversy that ensued after Public Enemy's Professor Griff made universalizing claims about Jews, the essay investigates the economic, political, and ideological mechanisms that encouraged the band to withdraw the text (Griff's comments) and replace it with a text more consistent with the dominant cultural ideology of liberalism.en
dc.description.sponsorshipThis is an electronic version of an article published in Communication Quarterly 42.4 (1994): 345-62. Communication Quarterly is available online at:
dc.publisherEastern Communication Associationen
dc.subject.lcshInterpretation (Philosophy)en
dc.subject.lcshIdeology -- Social aspectsen
dc.subject.lcshPublic Enemy (Musical group)en
dc.subject.lcshProfessor Griff (Musician)en
dc.title"Apology Made to Whoever Pleases": Cultural Discipline and the Grounds of Interpretationen
dc.description.collegeCollege of Arts & Science
dc.description.departmentDepartment of Communications Studies

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