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Comparing Two Newspaper Articles About 'The Flesh Eating Bug'

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Ashleigh Bewick Comparing Two Newspaper Articles About 'The Flesh Eating Bug' In 1994 newspapers were extremely interested in about a 'flesh eating bug'. I am going to compare two different newspaper's views. These two newspapers had unique views on the 'flesh-eating bug' and reported of them in very different ways. The first newspaper article to appear was in 'The Daily Mirror' and was a very sensational and exaggerated account. The second article, in 'The Times' was written in response to the way the tabloid newspapers dealt with the story. 'The Daily Mirror' set its story out with a big eye catching headline reading 'flesh eating bug killed my mother in 20 minutes.' They do this so that the bacteria appears as a bug rather then small bacterium. Also they want to say that it has killed someone in 20 minutes to show that it is very fatal and cannot be stopped. 'The Daily Mirror' has other sub-headings or attention grabbing lines that specify what that section is talking about. They have used a fairly casual approach to the article as it is a more casual newspaper and I feel that they have over exaggerated to make people want to read what it is about. ...read more.

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'The Daily Mirror' uses very laid-back conversational style writing. It refers to the bacterium as a 'bug' almost to scare the readers. It uses emotive language to over exaggerate the actual affects and create fear in the reader's imaginations. It says it: "devours inches of body" this makes it sound like it is attacking the skin. It also uses words like: "terrifying speed" "spreading rapidly" just to show us that this is a fast acting disease and should not be treated mildly. It uses words that we associate with pain to scare the readers: "deadly" "agony" "flesh-eating". 'The Daily Mirror' clearly wants to induce fear and send the readers imagination wild by using such a style of writing. 'The Times' takes a more formal approach and rather then referring to the disease as a 'bug' it says it is a bacterium. It keeps its information very rigid and to the point with important facts to set the story straight. It wants to make people less afraid by reminding them how rare the disease actually is. It also goes on to say very factually that the disease has been around for a while so it is unlikely that they are going to have an epidemic all so suddenly. ...read more.

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I think that this is so the article appears more at home with the readers. It makes it seem more of a reality when actual sufferers of the affects of the disease speak out to the public talking about their personal experience with the matter. 'The Times' uses experts with real knowledge of the situation seemingly because this is the article that wants to set things straight so they needed to use facts to battle with the other tabloids and achieve what they set out to do. I think that both of the tabloids used correct people in their articles to achieve their own way of attempting to engage the reader. So to sum up the two newspapers have managed to engage the readers in totally different ways; 'The Times' by putting things into perspective and using facts to achieve this and 'The Daily Mirror' achieved what it set out to do by over exaggerating the facts that they was given and using sufferers of the affects to make it more of a reality to the public and everyone reading. 'The Times' article was written in order to correct the impression given in the tabloid newspapers that this disease was threatening to everyone. It presented a more objective and factual account of the disease and, therefore reassured the public rather than frightening them as the article in 'The Daily Mirror' would have done. ...read more.

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