JUMP CUT
A REVIEW OF CONTEMPORARY MEDIA

Strange Justice :
Sounding out the Right:
Clarence Thomas, Anita Hill, and constructing spin in the name of justice

Steve Lipkin

Steve Lipkin teaches film study, and film and video production in Western Michigan University’s School of Communication.  His research focuses on film and television docudrama, and he has presented his research at the Society of Cinema Studies, the University Film and Video Association, and Visible Evidence conferences.  He recently wrote an essay on the movie of the week, Saving Jessica Ryan, for Jump Cut. His work has also been published in Quarterly Review of Film and Video, Cinema Journal, and the Journal of Film and Video.

Two more of his essays are available online:

"A Capsule Guide to Docudramas" (2002)
http://www.imagesjournal.com/
issue01/features/docudram.htm

"Quiz Show as Persuasive Docudrama" (2002)
http://www.imagesjournal.com/
issue01/features/quiz.htm

His book, Real Emotional Logic: Film and Television Docudrama as Persuasive Practice, was published by Southern Illinois University Press in January 2002. It explains what give docudramas moral suasion, and more can be found out about it at the publisher's website:
http://www.siu.edu/~siupress/titles/
f01_titles/lipkin_docudrama.htm