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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Coursework: Media 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 potrayed as 'News' is fact, but often the facts are twisted to support the political views of Newspaper or journalist. This coursework 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 mail types of newspaper, tabloids, like the Daily Mail, and broadsheets, like Independent. Tabloids are the most popular type of paper; these are papers that appeal to people who may just want to scan the news quickly, in order to have a good idea about events happening around the world, without giving up great amounts of time to read lengthy articles.
Also there are pictures of Daniel Radcliffe, who plays Harry Potter, and Robbie Coltrane, who plays Hagrid. Another picture of Daniel on his own. Photo of Richard Harris, who played Dumbledore. And photograph of Emma Watson at last year's premiere of 'Harry Potter'. The Independent uses only two photographs. One of Richard Harris and another of Rupert Grint, who plays Ron Withly, Daniel Radcliffe and Emma Watson. The Independent newspaper concentrates more on delivering accurate information, than presenting it in a way that will instantly attract the attention of readers. However, Maria Baisheva its headline and picture of young stars of the Harry Potter film do provoke interest. The Daily Mail is obviously very keen to draw in the reader's interest instantly, making them want to read on. The opening paragraphs from each article are very different. In The Daily Mail writer immediately telling readers about the actors: "THEY are growing up so fast some might suspect magic is at work." By saying word 'magic' he makes readers think of last Harry Potter movie and all the magic things that readers know about Harry Potter.
I think this article is interesting for readers, but it doesn't say anything about the film. In The Independent, the language is very factual. John Walsh describes the film as fully as possible: "The plot concerns an unknown, hidden room in the Hogwarts dungeons where lurks a monster..."or "Darker resonances can be heard amid the school japes, especially an understated treatment of racism, as the Malfoy family abuse the 'mud-blood'- any wizard who wasn't born of pure wizard stock...". Also reporter writing about the actors: "Ms Grainger is unchanged...", "Harry and Ron now speak in a gravelly baritone they didn't have before." The journalism in broadsheets is usually unbiased, fair, and covering all sides of a story. I personally prefer the article in The Independent. I feel it gives a more accurate, detailed view of the film and actors. I found I did not need over the top language and ridiculously huge headlines to feel emotionally affected by the issue. The Daily Mail article was less informative. However, it was eye-catching, and language was very emotive. It gives adequate coverage of the new film, to inform someone about the Harry Potter and the Chamber of Sickest, without making losing people's interest with small details.
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