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A comparison of the magazine articles by John Pilger and Tony Parsons, analysing the way they appeal to different audiences and the effect of the language on behaviour and opinion.

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Media Studies Assignment A comparison of the magazine articles by John Pilger and Tony Parsons, analysing the way they appeal to different audiences and the effect of the language on behaviour and opinion. John Pilger�s article 'The Man With No Name� appeared in the 'New Statesmen� in June 1991. The magazine is left wing, and aimed at the middle and upper classes of society. I believe that Pilger�s article is suited for reader of a higher intellect, and is perfect for the 'New Statesmen�. The magazine promotes its ideas in such a way that one tends to think that it is reliable source of information. Tony Parsons� article 'Beggars Of Britain� appeared in 'Arena� in October 1991. The magazine is aimed at young people probably in their teens or twenties. I believe that Parsons� article is suitable for my own age group, which is of the age fifteen to twenty years old. The magazine itself is glossy and full of text and pictures that blend in. It would have been helpful if the articles provided were in there original form. Graphics are generally very useful for promoting a idea, in addition to the written language. 'Arena� may well provide graphics but since I have not seen a original copy and nor is there one in my local newsagents I am unable to discuss the article�s fully. ...read more.

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"....hey-you-guys-let�s-catch-crabs" Pilger is somewhat more formal in his approach. "I have seen him nodding as if he is in silent discussion with himself" Both articles are written in first person. Both articles are addressed directly to the reader. This creates an individual effect, as if the writer is writing directly to you. This makes you be more involved in the article, rather the normal news, report the facts and don�t report emotionally. Parson�s article is written from the writer�s point of view you either agree, or disagree. While Pilger talks about his friendship with a homeless man. Parsons� article was published in 'Arena�, a magazine aimed at a younger audience and it shows the whole structure and language is different. Most young people have short attention spans but in Parsons� his article brings up the subject of beggars straight away, with strong obscene language making people read the article. "...been happier for us to sleep in a shoebox full of shit" This is effective for young people with short attention spans. As I said earlier in the essay 'Arena� is aimed at the younger generation. Pilger�s article was published in 'New Statesmen� a magazine aimed at middle and upper classes. ...read more.

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"He had his usual tweed jacket and was leaning against the hedge" This extract from Pilger�s article is a story paragraph. "With maximum publicity, the government allocated three hundred million for 'rough sleepers�" This extract from Pilger�s article is a fact paragraph. Parsons� article is mostly abuse towards beggars, although he does feel genuine sympathy towards the real beggars. "In Africa you see beggars with deformed legs crawling, literally crawling" "Begging defaces the city, degrades the spirit" Parsons� article is mostly just his private opinion on beggars rather then a serious article. Both articles were written in ninety ninety-one. Both and articles were respectively published in 'Arena� and 'New Statesman�. The conservative government was in power at the time, and Margaret Thatcher was Prime Minister. Both writers were against the conservative government, and blamed the government for homelessness and begging. "Thatcher government stopped council spending on housing more then ten years ago." "Liberals blame the fall of the begging taboo on the let-the-bloody-orphans-take-care-of-themselves ethics of Thatcherism" These articles are still relevant to the year two thousand because both problems are still around. Begging has made a lot of headlines quite recently because there has been quite a few people who have been falsely begging, when they can easily live a prosperous life and have been accused of preying on the British people�s generosity ...read more.

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