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An analysis of 75 English language web
articles on the G8 dementia summit
PEOPLE
Perception and identity of
dementia
Alzheimer‘s Europe
Glasgow 2014
• Background
• Aim
• Methods
• Results
• Discussion
• Conclusion
Background
• experience has suggested that academic
scientists can be as ‗guilty‘ as the popular
press in generating a ‗mo...
• the concept of dementia, a term which
they attribute to Celsus in the first century
A.D. — has long carried ―social
impl...
• a range of emotionally charged metaphors
about dementia pervades the popular
imagination
• these are typically found in ...
• I‘ve been intrigued how the G8 Dementia
Summit was covered in the English-
speaking media on the web.
• So I did a Googl...
Aims
• a preliminary exploration of how the
#G8dementia summit was reported on the
internet in the English language.
• ana...
Excluded
• author names,
• titles,
• location of authorship of the article (e.g.
London),
• endings, invariably, ―Read mor...
Results
• ―research‖ 334 times
• wellbeing‖ is 8 times
• ―data‖ is used 30 times
• ―collaboration‖ 28 times
• ―internation...
Clear bias towards medical model:
• ―diseases‖, 203 times
• ―treatment‖ or ―treatments‖, 91 times;
• ―cure‖ or ―cures‖ 72
...
• Other conditions mentioned
simultaneously: ―cancer‖ (45 times), HIV
(25 times) and AIDS (29 times).
• Thankfully, the usual dramatic terms were
not used often.
• ―Timebomb‖ was only twice – once by the
BBC
• The terms ―bom...
• The only use of the word ―tide‖ was in a
direct quotation from a speech by Jeremy
Hunt, current Secretary of State for H...
“We have turned the global tide in the battle
against AIDS. Now we need to do it again.
We will bankrupt our healthcare sy...
Limitations
• There is a sample bias introduced with how
Google orders its ranking.
• Page ranking is not only calculated ...
Discussion
• Encouragingly though the frequency of words
such as ‗timebomb‘ and ‗flood‘ were not as
much as one might have...
Conclusion
• Whitehouse concludes a recent abstract as
follows:
• ―Creating a more optimistic future will depend
less on g...
• The copy therefore doesn‘t represent a
balanced debate, on behalf of all
stakeholders, but reads like a business
case to...
• Background
• Aim
• Methods
• Results
• Discussion
• Conclusion
An analysis of 75 English language web articles on the G8 dementia summit
An analysis of 75 English language web articles on the G8 dementia summit
An analysis of 75 English language web articles on the G8 dementia summit
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An analysis of 75 English language web articles on the G8 dementia summit

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An analysis of 75 English language web articles on the G8 dementia summit

  1. 1. An analysis of 75 English language web articles on the G8 dementia summit
  2. 2. PEOPLE Perception and identity of dementia Alzheimer‘s Europe Glasgow 2014
  3. 3. • Background • Aim • Methods • Results • Discussion • Conclusion
  4. 4. Background • experience has suggested that academic scientists can be as ‗guilty‘ as the popular press in generating a ‗moral panic‘ causing mass anxiety and hysteria • how dementia is represented in the media is a good surrogate market of how the issue can be represented in certain segments of the culture of a society
  5. 5. • the concept of dementia, a term which they attribute to Celsus in the first century A.D. — has long carried ―social implications for those so diagnosed and has been associated with reduced civilian and legal competence, as well as with entitlement to support and protection‖.
  6. 6. • a range of emotionally charged metaphors about dementia pervades the popular imagination • these are typically found in newspaper accounts, political speeches, and in both documentary and feature films. • the ‗G8 dementia‘ summit allowed many of these recurrent motifs to resurface unchallenged.
  7. 7. • I‘ve been intrigued how the G8 Dementia Summit was covered in the English- speaking media on the web. • So I did a Google search for ―G8 dementia‖, on the UK Google site. It only came up with languages in English article, and I included the top 75 search results.
  8. 8. Aims • a preliminary exploration of how the #G8dementia summit was reported on the internet in the English language. • analysis has never been done G8 dementia summit which received unprecedented media attention
  9. 9. Excluded • author names, • titles, • location of authorship of the article (e.g. London), • endings, invariably, ―Read more‖ ―You may also like‖, ―You can read more about‖ and list of other ‗links‘ to look at • Exact duplicates, • one article which was largely a compilation of tweets was excluded.
  10. 10. Results • ―research‖ 334 times • wellbeing‖ is 8 times • ―data‖ is used 30 times • ―collaboration‖ 28 times • ―international 103 times • ―carers‖ 30 times • ―social care‖ is used 14 times .
  11. 11. Clear bias towards medical model: • ―diseases‖, 203 times • ―treatment‖ or ―treatments‖, 91 times; • ―cure‖ or ―cures‖ 72 • There‘s clearly a bias towards Alzheimer‘s disease, in that ―Alzheimer‖ was used 145 times, with the word ―vascular‖ used only 6 times. Strikingly, no other forms of dementia were mentioned. • Various authors, including the blogger Kate Swaffer who lives with a dementia herself, have often remarked on this bias known in the literature as ―Alzheimerisation‖.
  12. 12. • Other conditions mentioned simultaneously: ―cancer‖ (45 times), HIV (25 times) and AIDS (29 times).
  13. 13. • Thankfully, the usual dramatic terms were not used often. • ―Timebomb‖ was only twice – once by the BBC • The terms ―bomb‖ or ―bombs‖ were only used four times. This is encouraging.
  14. 14. • The only use of the word ―tide‖ was in a direct quotation from a speech by Jeremy Hunt, current Secretary of State for Health: • The danger of flooding has long been associated with dementia. • A 1982 U.K. report was entitled: ―The rising tide: Developing services for mental illness in old age‖ (Arie and Jolley, 1983).
  15. 15. “We have turned the global tide in the battle against AIDS. Now we need to do it again. We will bankrupt our healthcare systems if we don’t,” he said.”
 (Jeremy Hunt)
  16. 16. Limitations • There is a sample bias introduced with how Google orders its ranking. • Page ranking is not only calculated on the basis of traffic, but also in terms of degree of linkage with other websites. • It is possible that higher ranking articles, particularly online versions of newspaper articles, have a common root such as the Press Association, leading to a lack of independence amongst authors in their coverage of the Summit.
  17. 17. Discussion • Encouragingly though the frequency of words such as ‗timebomb‘ and ‗flood‘ were not as much as one might have feared, from the (albeit small) literature in this field. • If you assume that the 75 articles form a representative cohort of copy on the G8 dementia summit, the picture presented has a clear emphasis on a magic pharmacological bullet for dementia. .
  18. 18. Conclusion • Whitehouse concludes a recent abstract as follows: • ―Creating a more optimistic future will depend less on genetic and reductionist approaches and more on environmental and intergenerative approaches that will aid in recalibrating the study of AD from an almost exclusive focus on biochemical, molecular and genetic aspects to better encompass ‗‗real world‘‘ ecological and psychosocial models of health.‖ • mentia.
  19. 19. • The copy therefore doesn‘t represent a balanced debate, on behalf of all stakeholders, but reads like a business case to invest more in neuropharmacological-based research into dementia
  20. 20. • Background • Aim • Methods • Results • Discussion • Conclusion

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