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Elite Persons in the News.

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Elite Persons in the News The media in particular newspapers, are in a powerful position when it comes to the presentation of elite persons. Depending on a papers stand point on a subject they can be both promoted to all reading it or singled out within the media to everyone as a national villain. With the power possessed by the papers and their massive collective readership they have been know to bolster and completely end the careers of elite persons. Two example of this happening in the media lately are those of Alpay the Turkish central defender accused of winding up David Beckham in a recent football match and Sir Ranulph Fiennes who is completing 7 marathons in 7 days for the British heart foundation 6 months after a heart bypass. ...read more.


All of the victimisation in the media including pictures of burning Alpay effigies and ex professionals coming out and questioning not only Alpay's actions but his performances on the football field followed the 2002 world cup in Japan/Korea where Alpay was voted among the best 11 players in the world. A Sign of just how powerful the media is particularly when emphasising bad things about someone. On the other hand of course is the story of Sir Ranulph Fiennes, an explorer and all round national hero running 7 marathons in 7 days in seven continents and donating all the money to charity. All this 6 months after a heart bypass. The newspapers here were completely different in the way they described him "The Mirror" for instance calling him a "super-dedicated hero" where Alpay was a "Turkish flop". ...read more.


Also by covering people in the news for positive or negative reasons they are able to sensationalize the story making more of a story out of it. They do this with their use of words and phrases such as "hero" or "flop" making the story more sensational works particularly in the tabloid papers to make the readers take the stories as a soap opera or film and allowing them to relate more to the story. In conclusion the gap between the persons that the media choose to represent in a positive light and those they chose to show in a negative light is a big one in the way they affect a person's reputation. Also from looking through the newspapers it is obvious newspapers prefer to tell the stories of those they want to present in a bad way conforming to the theory bad news is good news. ...read more.

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