A key difference between outlaw hero traditions old and new is that the oral tradition comprised a folklore of protest, while "mediatized" versions tend to use the subversive elements to challenge, but ultimately affirm, even strengthen, the status quo. As much as the media get caught up in "glamorizing the sensationally violent aspects of the outlaw's career," writes Seal, they are careful, in the end, "to present the proper moralizing sentiments about his receiving his just desserts for defying the law"
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