HOW DOES THE NEWSPAPERCOVARAGE CHANGE AS THE RIOTS PROGRESS?
HOW DOES THE NEWSPAPERCOVERAGE CHANGE AS THE RIOTS PROGRESSED?They started of looking at it just Once they’d assessed the situationdisplaying the facts of the situation they were targeting the young Looking at the young people thatand was giving a general overview. working class rioters involved had died presenting the idea thatThe photo was focusing on nothing focusing on specific situations. they were the only ones involved.but the destruction of the building, Presenting the idea from the The police are being pressured byas there are no people really seen picture and headline and together British youth creating this idea ofto be there making an impact. that it’s British youth against moral panic because they are seen London as a whole. to be pushing the governemnet/police into a corner.
WHO’S PERSPECTIVE IS THE IS THE PAPER WRITTEN FROM? “Twitter itself was being blamed for the contagion, amid assumptions the networking service was – alongside Facebook and the BlackBerry messaging service – being used to co-ordinate the unrest. Amid the panic.” The Guardian have made a point of how social networking has been involved with the ignition of a rioting frenzy in the poorer areas of London, after people were left scanning the online sites in search of information about the current events. The Guardian stated “the rise and fall of rumours on Twitter is a striking display of social forces in action” as they had accumulated a rough 2.6 million ‘tweets’ which were identified as being riot-related through the use of ‘hashtags’. We can see the impact that this has on the Britishyouth as they are always seen in connection with social networking in regards to media representation of them. This makes clear the point that the youth of Britain were the ones that were associated instantaneously by The Guardian as having a big part within the rioting. We can see from this that the articles are written from the perspective of the ruling class as they are using the youth as an empty category (Giroux) and presenting their fears about the youths through the use of Twitter because it is something so grossly associated with them. The original message they were trying to put across was that social networking has played a big part in the rapid increase of riot partakers, but it has come across that the majority of these people are younger in age, because of theconnotations of ‘social networking’ within today’s society. The government were even looking at Twitter to “examine the roots of the unrest”.
- The view has changed through the week as even though still written by the ruling class- Looking at how it doesn’t conform to the ideology of protection – watching them cant make them conform- Article about how the shopkeepers were having to fight off the rioters police were just watching- The ruling class were siding with the rioters because they could see how the police weren’t listening or helping them
HOW IS THE NEWSPAPER COVERAGE BEING MEDIATED?These photo are of the same places. Me and Emma were saying that the left hand side Google months ago. We can see though that they arefocusing on the worst of situations even though further down the road there could be a shop that’s perfectly fine.
In these pictures they have chosen toshow pictures featuring the Britishyouth rather than adults, and we cansee clear iconography through thehoodies and he’s got a beer can.Looking at Robin Wood we can seethat they are such a monster becausethey’re being backed by the fire withtheir faces covered, they wereprobably just walking through thestreet, but these pictures show themto be the instigator of it. Of all of itwhen they present these photographson their front pages. British youth ingeneral
If you look at the headline, they arefocusing on the police attacks, they’renot looking at the shopkeepers thatgot hurt or anything are they? They’refocusing on the police becausethey’re the pinnacle of the ruling classand having correct norms and values,so fighting against them is reallysomething shocking isn’t it.Something people are going to havethe biggest problem with.
August 6th• A bus, a shop and two patrol cars have been set on fire in Tottenham. An estimated crowd of around 300 have gathered and there have been reports of looting and shop windows being smashed.• Earlier in the day members of a community where a young man was shot dead by police had took to the streets to demand "justice".• The 29-year-old, named locally as father-of-four Mark Duggan, died at the scene in Tottenham, north London, on Thursday.• About 120 people marched from the local Broadwater Farm area to Tottenham Police Station, forcing officers to close the High Road and put traffic diversions in place.• A Metropolitan Police spokesman said: "Missiles were thrown at them. One was set alight and one was pushed into the middle of the High Road."• Officers were being dispatched to disperse the crowd, he said.• He could not confirm that those responsible for the trouble were connected to the protest.
August 7th• Earlier, officers on horseback and others in riot gear clashed with hundreds of rioters armed with makeshift missiles I• There was still no police presence in Wood Green High Road at 4am, even after dozens of stores had been smashed and raided, setting off multiple alarms.• Around 100 youths targeted game shops, electrical stores and clothing chains• Windows were smashed and the looters – mostly young men masking their faces – swarmed in and emerged with handfuls of stolen goods.• Three teenagers ran down the street with suitcases filled with stolen clothes. Around 10 young men stood outside a smouldering Carphone Warehouse, the windows smashed. In suburban back streets, residential front gardens were used to sort and swap stolen goods.• A boy who looked about 14 drove a stolen minicab erratically down a side street. On an adjacent street, a man who emerged from his home to find his car burned out remonstrated with other young men, who ran past carrying clothes.• A teenager walked past with a baseball bat, while another held a torn off section of wood in one hand.• We are looking at a group of people disaffected by historical inequality: a high level of poverty and generational unemployment. And young black people are still more likely than white people to be stopped and searched.• The catalyst for the initial, peaceful protest reflects something much deeper in the psyche of the community – the historical sense of injustice at deaths in custody. The police have been given increasing legal powers to use force widely. But this privilege has to be used wisely. The police can only do so with the consent of the community – such policing doesnt work otherwise. Now you have a community demanding justice for what they see as yet another unjust death in custody. The situation hasnt changed in decades, they believe: the police seem to have difficulty keeping people alive when in detention – particularly black people.• "I havent told my children that he is dead," Wilson said. "How can I tell them when I dont have any answers about how he died? We went to the police station for answers. Someone did come out but they said they had no answers to give us because it was out of their hands.• David Lammy, the Labour MP for Tottenham, said the events were "an attack on Tottenham, on people, ordinary people, shopkeepers, women, children, who are now standing on the streets homeless as a consequence".• "If a senior police officer had come to speak to us, we would have left. We arrived at 5pm, we had planned a one-hour silent protest. We were there until 9pm. Police were absolutely culpable. Had they been more responsive when we arrived at the police station, asking for a senior officer to talk with the family, we would have left the vicinity before the unrest started.• At 9.30pm, Met police and reinforcements from Kent began turning the whole of Enfield into a sterile area. Hundreds of riot police arrived with vans and police dogs, charging at groups of teenagers, who melted into sidestreets. They smashed cars and shop windows as they ran.• Unlike the previous nights disturbances, riot police were on the scene in large numbers. Their stance was also more aggressive, with baton charges and dogs used to disperse crowds.• At 11pm, on a nearby road called Elizabeth Ride, a young man was stabbed under the arm. He could walk to an ambulance but his friends refused to talk to police and disappeared, shouting: "Why would we talk to feds? Youre the reason this is happening."• BBM allows users to send one-to-many messages to their network of contacts, who are connected by "BBM PINs". For many teens armed with a BlackBerry, BBM has replaced text messaging because it is free, instant and more part of a much larger community than regular SMS.• "Years ago there would have been a lot of dialogue," said David Gilbertson, formerly a Metropolitan police division chief superintendent at Tottenham. "We would have gone out of our way to ensure that the organisers of a protest group would have been brought into a station like that even if others were stood outside."• It took hours for police to change from regular uniforms to riot gear, and even longer for them to begin almost half-hearted attempts at preventing looting.