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Examine the representation of Afghanistan and its refuges in a variety of print media.

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Examine the representation of Afghanistan and its refuges in a variety of print media It is believed that the purpose of a newspaper is to state the facts about what is going on in the world around us. However, media is a way of manipulating the minds of the greater population into making and 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 or aims of the Newspaper, journalist or other interested group. Articles 2, 3 and 7 are very emotive and desperate for help from a wide audience. ...read more.

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Articles 4 & 5 shows that no individual has been interviewed in these pieces of text, which are very brief. This is probably because the people they could interview didn't have the same opinion as the reporter the article may be brief because it has to be understood by a lower class person in the tabloid press. Article 5 is a report about an article in a Pakistan newspaper; this article explains how Pakistan is receiving millions of Afghan refugees but has no where to send them as they are already sheltering around 2million Afghan's in crowded refugee's camps, more Afghan's are expected. This would give the reader the impression that the Pakistan Government has done all they can. and cannot cope with growing numbers of fleeing refugees. In these particular articles there is no definite message but a mix of information about the refugee camps, it is left remarkably wide open for your own judgement. ...read more.

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It gives both sides of an argument a fair trial and leaves the article open-ended so you can make your own decision. There are two main types of newspaper Tabloids, like the Sun and Mirror and Broadsheets like the Telegraph. 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. Broadsheets are generally larger in size, more serious and less colourful. In my opinion I prefer the reporting of the Telegraph to the others 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 factual detail. It also gives lots of opinions from lots of angles. As to the bias and audience at which the article is aimed at. The headline draws attention to itself, especially if it is written in very bold and uncomplicated text. Ashleigh Cracknell 11 ANG ...read more.

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