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It is generally believed that the purpose of a newspaper is to state the facts about what is going on in the world around us - However, media has long been a way of manipulating the minds of the greater population into holding certain values and opinions.

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Media Coursework It is generally believed that the purpose of a newspaper is to state the facts about what is going on in the world around us. However, media has long been a way of manipulating the minds of the greater population into holding certain values and opinions. Propaganda is used frequently in everyday life to manipulate our thoughts, and despite what the majority of us think, it does affect our opinions. In general, we believe that what is portrayed as 'News' is fact, but often the facts are twisted to support the political views of the Newspaper or journalist. This essay will explore the way in which this bias is put across to the reader in the medium of Newspapers, by comparing the way two newspapers, the Daily Mail and The Independent report on the same event. There are two main types of newspaper, Tabloids, like the Daily Mail, and Broadsheets, like the Independent. Tabloids are the most popular type of paper; it is often smaller in size, more colourful and relies on page three girls and other such shock tactics, to attract readers. ...read more.

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But crams in enough information in such a way to meet the needs of a more intellectual person(s). In Article one the language is very simplistic, the sentences don't exceed 18 words, and the longest word is about seven letters long. Again, this is because it has to be understood by a lower class person. You don't need to have a large attention span to read it and the first paragraph usually gives a broad outline of the article. The tone of the advert makes the whole content of the article sound like a joke. For example, " No marks at all for the local education authorities who waste public funds on such tom foolery". Maybe implying that this whole scheme is to fill up gaps at Butlins rather than being an educational holiday. I believe that article one is biased against the holiday camp because of the political party the newspaper supports, or because of the owner's personal opinion. Nobody has been interviewed in article one. This is probably because the people they interviewed didn't have the same opinion as the people at the Daily Mail. ...read more.

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Which brings the article to another level of seriousness, because the question crosses your mind that. Why are Butlins hosting such an event when there not even prepared to take on five hundred students? This article does not seem to be biased at all. It gives both sides of the argument a fare trial and leaves the article open-ended so you can make your own decision. This article interviews many people from teachers to students, of which they get a mixed response. Some people thought it was a good idea that wasn't going to take off, others said it was nothing but problems from the second they got there. Some said there were plenty of resources, others said that there was none. In this particular article there is no definite message. As I stated earlier it is left remarkably wide open for your own judgement. In my opinion I prefer the independent to the Daily Mail because it's more to the point. It doesn't mess around with puns or large flashy pictures, it gets to the point in great detail. It also gives lots of opinions from lots of angles. By Mohammed Islam ...read more.

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