Xenophobia and the Press

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Beitrags ID:
#48
Autor:
David Stoop
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Hochschule / Institution
University of Durham
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Essay
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Sozialwissenschaften
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6
Sprache der Arbeit
Englisch

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Media and daily newspapers as an important part of media have enormous political influence. When Herman and Chomsky stated in 1988 that political opinions and consent are manufactured by media1, they didn’t present an entirely new idea but merely reformulated common knowledge in a scientific and elaborated way. This paper concentrates on newspapers as one kind of media. Especially daily newspapers are strongly linked to political opinions: They have a political profile and define themselves in terms of political streams. Therefore, a comparison of different articles has to consider the political backgrounds and motivations of the analysed newspapers. In order to limit the spectrum of investigation to a manageable amount of topics and articles, I decided to focus my research on specific kinds of political motivations and strategies, namely on xenophobic, racist and ethnocentric ones. Moreover, I will analyse the relationship between articles derived from ‘The Times’ and ‘The Sun’ concerning similarities and differences in word-choice, structure of arguments, chosen topics and recognisable political intentions. The chosen newspapers are especially applicative for a political analysis since both of them are owned by the same company, but they belong to different (newspaper-) ‘genres’: ‘The Times’ to the broadsheet papers and ‘The Sun’ to the tabloid papers. In the following, I will show that, besides differences in register and structure of articles, there are striking similarities between both newspapers that prove a certain analogousness concerning their political intention.