When the story was leaked, the sensationalism of the scandal made it impossible for the politician to go out in public without paparazzi photographers following him.
An example of sensationalism is a magazine that follows celebrities around and often exaggerates or makes up stories about those celebrities to sell papers.
- the use of strongly emotional subject matter, or wildly dramatic style, language, or artistic expression, that is intended to shock, startle, thrill, excite, etc.
- Philos. the belief that all knowledge is acquired through the use of the senses
- a. The use of sensational matter or methods, especially in writing, journalism, or politics.b. Sensational subject matter.c. Interest in or the effect of such subject matter.
- Philosophy The theory that sensation is the only source of knowledge.
- The ethical doctrine that feeling is the only criterion of good.
- The use of sensational subject matter, style or methods, or the sensational subject matter itself; behavior, published materials, or broadcasts that are intentionally controversial, exaggerated, lurid, loud, or attention-grabbing. Especially applied to news media in a pejorative sense that they are reporting in a manner to gain audience or notoriety but at the expense of accuracy and professionalism.
- (philosophy) A theory of philosophy that all knowledge is ultimately derived from the senses.
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