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Compare and contrast two articles on Hippies focusing on content, structure and use of language.

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Introduction

MEDIA COURSEWORK. Compare and contrast articles 3 and 4 focusing on content, structure and use of language. The articles that I am going to analyse are on the issue of a group of hippies wanting to celebrate the Summer Solstice Festival in June 1986 in Hampshire and how determined police officers were trying to stop them from doing so. Whilst both articles are based on the same issue, their use of language presents two very different viewpoints. Article 3 has a very negative bias against the hippies, describing them as 'harpies' and giving biased examples of their attitude towards the police and other people's property. In the article they are portrayed as 'harpies' that spit at policemen. The reader is given the view that the hippies are not civilised and behave like wild animals. Article 4 shows great support towards the hippies and sympathises with them. This is done by using emotive language to create an image of the hippies as victims in society and they are treated badly by an uncaring police force. Both articles use persuasive language to draw the reader's attention. The clever use of personal pronouns: 'our' and 'we' in article 3 gives the reader no option but to involve himself in the issue, therefore taking the side of the journalist. ...read more.

Middle

'We continue to dole out state benefits to lawbreakers'. The use of 'dole out' makes the reader aware of how much money is actually used, or in the view of the writer: wasted on 'lawbreakers' these hippies who continue to go against the law but still receive benefits. This creates an image of people who don't work and still can live, because of their money. This persuades the readers to agree with the journalist's comments. The article is a follow-on article; it follows an article written earlier on in the week on the same issue. It goes as far as to refer to a newspaper report that social security employs special staff to wander around the country servicing these vagabonds (trampy style robbers who are homeless). This reinforces the opinion that people are needed just to look after these hippies because of their uncertain behaviour. In the fifth paragraph the journalist takes it into his own hands to reply for the policeman, but he does this unfairly (in my opinion) and uses a lot of opinion rather than being fair and using facts. The writers use of 'resisted the provocation' implies that the policeman would have intentionally chosen to provoke the hippies but had to resist the temptation to do so. ...read more.

Conclusion

'A confused child, a ragged, hope-crushed man and a friendly old dog,' the poor and scared descriptions given to the hippies in this sentence reinforces the lifestyles they lead. The final statement 'All on the Road of Rejection' reinforces the whole article. These two articles differ and take opposing, but valid views on the issue at stake. Both journalists have used persuasive techniques to manipulate and influence their readers. Both their techniques vary and both journalists write to get a point across. I would like to end my analysis by giving my opinion on this issue. In general I feel both journalists have given valid views on the issue. The journalists make it clear that they have different attitudes and feelings towards the hippies. They are two very well thought-out and clever articles that involve the reader. I thought the techniques used by the journalists are quite clever. I think one of the reasons that the articles were written was to get the readers involved in this particular argument. This was the aim, and I think that both the journalists succeeded in doing so. Suhayl Goolam-Mahomed Year 10 ...read more.

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