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Discuss the representation with Gary Glitter's press conference in Regents Park. Comment on the photographs, layout and copy.

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English Media Coursework Title: Discuss the representation with Gary Glitter's press conference in Regents Park. Comment on the photographs, layout and copy. The layout of the article on Gary Glitter on page five of The Sun is designed to create a conspicuous representation. The headlines are large and in a white-on-black technique which is used to make them stand out more. This suggests the articles importance. There is a lot of space given to pictures as only one of them occupies half of the page and only a small space given to the copy which suggests the pictures are very significant. The top heading says, "Display of a fallen pop star," which leads the readers to think that Gary is putting on an act or show. The large main photograph is at a mid-shot angle and shows Gary centralised with police around behind him and reporters close in front of him. This builds up a sense of isolation and disgrace towards Gary. ...read more.

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Again The Sun is suggesting that Gary is putting on some sort of performance whilst also accusing him of being arrogant. The Sun seems to be deliberately misrepresenting Gary and is trying to influence the readers to dislike him. The article reported by Nick Parker appears to show a similar layout as in the article on page five of The Sun. The top heading of the page uses white-on-black technique and says "Stomach-Churning," which suggests this article is somewhat sickening or disgusting. In the headline alongside the copy Gary is described as "evil" and he is apparently supposed to of "strutted out of jail showing no shame". Just above the copy it says, "Nick Carter watches a revolting performance". Just like page five of The Sun it suggests Gary's press conference was a rather horrible stage act. Throughout the copy there are three sub-headings. The first describes Gary as "Odious," which is basically the general perception of him and arguably his deserved description. ...read more.

Conclusion

Unlike in the other newspapers here it notifies of how the reporters at the press conference attempt to manipulate the event. He smartly "refused to give a thumbs-up sign" as it would most likely be used in a photograph against him. As Gary appeared to be about to make a statement the media are described to have "scrum surged around" him which suggests the medias hunger as if it were a game. As he is leaving the press conference it is reported that his face is "hidden" behind blacked out windows and his car is also described as a "scruffy H-reg". This again reinforces the sense of pity for him. The representation of Gary is clearly distinctive between the two different newspapers. The two articles by The Sun present a moderately false perception whereas The Guardian gives a more honest and elaborate account without deliberately misleading the reader. The Guardian also has quotes from Gary about how he regrets and wishes to move on, but The Sun fails to produce this in their article which supports my suggestion of their intentions of misrepresenting Gary. By Edward Cox ...read more.

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