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London riots

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  • 1. DAILY MAIL 9/08/11 Title: Emotive language ‘thugs’ Orgy of violence rages’. This immediately signifies bias as the offenders are labelled ‘thugs’ – criminals who will perpetrate violence for no particular reason. ‘Orgy’ of violence suggests that what the thugs were undertaking was deeply pleasurable for them and signifies the amount of people involved. Topic sentence: paragraph about the violence taking place. Language: Described as “sporadic” “attacks”. “Sporadic” seems as though there is no organisation or reason behind them and “attacks” make s what was happening seem as though it was a deliberate attack on the public. Opposites established: ‘Normal people’ dining and the rioters smashing and destroying. Topic sentence: An attack on a bus. Language: The detail about them riding BMX’s emphasises their age and again, opposites are established: commuters vs. the “thugs”. Opposites established: ‘Normal people’ dining and the rioters smashing and destroying. The terror of ‘normal’ citizens emphasised.
  • 2. Photo of group of hoodies chosen. Rep of youth: ‘hoodies’ in gangs. Caption emphasises ‘masked’ in order to make a connection with hoodies and moral panics.
  • 3. Binary Opposite established: The teenage ‘thug’ creating violence and the police officer with his hand out as though asking for peace. Again, ‘masked’ emphasised but this time ‘yob’ used, instead of ‘thug’. The caption anchors the meaning of the photo and suggests the teenager is throwing the bottle at the police. The framing tries to suggest that he is throwing the bottle at the police officer pictured who is appealing for peace.
  • 4. Selection of source: A woman running for her life. Very dramatic. Us vs Them clearly established here once again: Normal folk vs. the teen yobs. The caption anchors the meaning of the text: Young and lawless. Representation of teenagers taking part in the riots overall. Photo = binary opposition between law and order and lawlessness.
  • 5. Person in the picture labelled as a ‘rioter’ though no evidence to suggest he is doing anything wrong other than walking passed a burning car. Nonchalance / uncaring / lawlessness of youth represented. Alcohol emphasised.
  • 6. Summary of ideologies: • Those taking part in the riots represented exclusively young people and hoodies /face coverings emphasised to link to moral panics and hoodies. Also, groups or gangs. • Police and ‘normal’ citizens seen as victims. Binary Opposition: Us vs. Them. • Binary Opposition: Law and order vs. chaos and crime • No reasons for riots explored and no sources from younger generation • Bias language used when referring to youths: ‘thugs’
  • 7. Title: Controversial language used ‘Underclass’ ‘Lashes out’. This instantly connotes news bias as the rioters are branded as ‘underclass’ signifying they are from a poor background living a poverty lifestyle. ‘Lashes out’ signifies that the offenders are attacking back at authority for no reason and not considering the consequences. Topic Sentence: initial paragraph depicting the generation who committed the crimes as well as discussing some of the violence that had taken place. Vocabulary: ‘Hooded Teenagers’ Youth are depicted to be the blame of the riots with the newspapers emphasising ‘hooded’ creating a stereotype for the offenders of the crimes. Opposites are created: community vs. Hooded teenagers. Vocabulary: ‘Feral Kids with no jobs’ this news article represents youth as ‘feral’ calling them wild with no jobs signifying to the audience they are ‘dossers’ patrolling street corners as they have nothing better to do. The newspaper reinforces that the offenders where ‘kids’ signifying they are rebelling against society.
  • 8. Photo of Maplin after a riot has taken place. Emphasising the damaging committed by the ‘youth’ rioters. This image also signifies that the youth are rebelling against authority as a armed police officer I wasn’t able to stop the damage committed. Caption anchors the image ‘A looted store in Tottenham’ anchoring that the offenders are ‘feral’ relating to moral panics of ‘youth rebel.’ In the image, no electronics are displayed and the shop has been ambushed connoting to the audience the servility of the riots and the ‘heartlessness’ of the offenders committing the crimes. Enhancing the moral panic as other shop keepers apprehension will grow stronger.
  • 9. • • • • • Summary of Ideologies: The offenders of the riots are ‘hooded young ferals’/ hoodies emphasised to link to moral panics as their identity is hidden as well as gangs. Local communities branded as victims. Thus linking to Binary Opposites: locals vs. Hooded Youth. Newspaper doesn’t take into account youths opinions or explore the reasons behind the London Riots. Strong emotive, bias language used constantly throughout newspaper article to create a strong representation of Youths ‘Ferals.’
  • 10. Title: Powerful vocabulary used ‘Escalates.’ This instantly signifies to the audience that the Riots are getting out of hand and there has been no sustained control. ‘Police battle’ opposites created: Authority (police) vs. Offenders of riots. ‘Control’ connotes that riots have control currently and the police have failed to take control over the situation. Topic Sentence: raises awareness and emphasises the severity of the riots as the ‘prime minister’ has cut short his own holiday to try and deal and take full control of the situation. This connotes to the audience how ‘dangerous’ the riots have become and the ‘Prime minister’ himself has to deal with the situation signifying a weakness in the services. ‘London’ which instantly connotes danger and shock in the audience as the riots are being held in the capital. This therefore emphasises the danger that the workers and authority are in living and commuting in London. This links to the moral panics as people in London would fear for the worse as the riots are exaggerated making it sound as if everyone in London is in server danger!
  • 11. The torched cars and bin are made to look like the male had committed the crime whilst a gang are in the background. Yet again enhancing the ‘youths’ rebellious behaviour emphasising the moral panic of youths becoming ‘out of control’ and ‘wild’ Photo of rebellious behaviour as well as a hooded, identityless male. Representation of youth ‘hooded’ ‘masked’ in order to make a connection with moral panics with ‘hooded dangerous ferals; looting the streets. Language: ‘A masked man’ draws attention to the kind of people that are committing the crimes. This connotes to the audience that the offenders are dangerous as there identity is hidden. The tracksuit also creates a representation of the social class that are offending the crime. Making them seem to be of ‘lower classes’ living a poverty life.
  • 12. • Summary of Ideologies: • Those committing the crimes are represented to be young, hoody wearing, masked criminal that are becoming ‘wild’ and ‘out of control.’ • Binary Opposites are created: Local, civilized community vs. Offenders/gangs • No reasons explored for the riots and limited sources connoting News Bias. • Bias, powerful language used throughout to create strong representations for the offenders.

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