頁數：91﹣134 恐怖的陰謀：1950年代初期匪諜新聞的詮釋 Terror of Conspiracy: The Interpretation of Communist Espionage News in the Early 1950s
white terror, media ritual, media event, social drama, communist espionage
According to the communications ritual view, journalism provides more than merely information, as it also represents cultural values. Based on this view and utilizing social drama to view communist espionage news as media rituals affecting social orders, this article analyzes communist espionage news that appeared in Central Daily and News Weekly in the early 1950s, looking at how and from what angles communist espionage was framed. From those news articles, this article finds that communist spies were not only regarded as traitors, but also judged through the lense of traditional ethical values and differentiated as enemies by a simplified binary method of good and evil. The government legitimatized the anti-communism advocacy and led the citizenry to be fearful of and alienated from communist spies. The ambience of horror and depression became unerasable collective memories and nightmares of the people of that era, thus hindering later generations from recognizing the historical truth and expecting the possibility of a different future.