Jon and Kate Plus 8: A case study of social media and image repair tactics

Posted: May 7, 2015 in Uncategorized

Moody, M. (2011). Jon and Kate Plus 8: A case study of social media and image repair tactics. Public Relations Review37(4), 405-414. doi:10.1016/j.pubrev.2011.06.004

Jon and Kate Plus 8: A case study of social media and image repair tactics.

Abstract: Broadening the application of Benoit”s image repair theory, this case study compares and contrasts crisis management strategies of Jon and Kate Gosselin during their 2009 highly publicized divorce. Specifically, it looks at how they presented themselves through personal statements, interviews and social media in two phases: the year before and the year after their divorce. Findings indicate the two used many image repair strategies and experienced varying levels of success. In the end, media outlets utilized traditional cultural narratives in their framing of both celebrities, depicting Kate as a distraught wife/single mother and Jon as an irresponsible and untrustworthy husband/father. Media later transitioned to a more positive portrayal of Jon and a negative portrayal of Kate. Exploring social media added a fresh dimension to previous image repair analyses. Findings indicate social media allow celebrities to publish information fast and efficiently without a gatekeeper; however, they must still follow traditional image repair strategies to succeed. [Copyright &y& Elsevier]

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