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By considering presentational, structural and linguistic devices, compare and contrast the ways in which Paradorn Srichaphan is portrayed in these two newspaper articles.

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By considering presentational, structural and linguistic devices, compare and contrast the ways in which Paradorn Srichaphan is portrayed in these two newspaper articles. "No time for girls" and "Paradorn - a tale of the unexpected" are two different articles that were printed in the papers on the same day, by the same publishers. They are both sports features about rising Asian tennis star Paradorn Srichaphan and so there are many similarities. Since one is from the tabloid 'Streats' and the other is from the publishers' broadsheet newspaper "The Straits Times", there are many differences in the linguistic, presentational and structural devices used to portray Paradorn. Because of the difference in newspaper type and viewpoints, the two articles follow contrasting writing styles. As expected of most tabloid features, the article, "No time for girls", follows a very informal register. There are many questions which are then answered through direct speech and the language is very colloquial. The register in "Paradorn - A tale of the unexpected", although very formal compared to the tabloid article, is informal for an article appearing in a broadsheet. This is due to the type of article it is, a sports feature. The article consists of numerous quotes from Paradorn and other people, which makes it seem informal. ...read more.

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This gives a gruesome image in the readers' minds, as the phrase originates from the Indians of the USA, who used to kill their enemies and then take their scalp, as a sign of victory. This is a contrast to Paradorn's character off the court as he is otherwise portrayed as a gentle and kind man. Apart from many words from the semantic field of tennis, the tabloid article contains many words which are synonyms to the words "class" and "glamour". There are many repetitions of the words "fame" and "success" which gives an impression that he is basking in his easy climb to fame. Tabloids often approach issues from this view point and tend to sensationalise the topic. They do this to interest the audience and keep their attention. This viewpoint is a contrast to reality and the other broadsheet article, which portrays Paradorn as a very down-to-earth and subdued person. The words, such as "modest" and "frugal" in the broadsheet article, complement the picture and help to emphasize the modest nature of Paradorn. Being features, both articles are filled with speech. By following the journalistic devices of using reported speech to lead into direct speech, the journalists add effect to the quote and further emphasize the points being made. ...read more.

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The caption contains an example of typical journalese, "Merc-merising", which is the fusion of the car brand and 'mesmerising'. Journalists often blend words with the use of a hyphen to emphasize a point. An interesting point is that although the publishers are the same, the two pictures come from different sources, one from Reuters and the other from AFP. This could show that the two media giants want to portray different views of Paradorn. The broadsheet article, which portrays the tennis player as homely, concludes by saying that he has a weakness for cars and so, bought a Mercedes. This is a comparison of viewpoints as the focus of the tabloid article is the last paragraph of the broadsheet article. Considering that only 50% of the readers that read the headline get to the end of the third paragraph of an article, not many readers would get to the last paragraph and therefore, it is clearly not very important to the broadsheet article. Both articles portray very contrasting views of Paradorn Srichaphan. The tabloid portrays a Paradorn of glamour and class, which is contradictory to the broadsheet article as well as to reality. To a majority of tennis fans, Paradorn is really "a tale of the unexpected". Despite the sudden success, he has remained the homely and down-to-earth Thai boy he was brought up to be! Aswin Chari 10.1 / EJT ...read more.

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