Journalism Special Investigation: When sport goes too far: the lengths people go for the sport they love

Edwards, Sean (2015) Journalism Special Investigation: When sport goes too far: the lengths people go for the sport they love. BA dissertation, University of Portsmouth.

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    Sport requires sacrifice from all of its athletes. However, some people are willing to go further than others. Becoming the best, the biggest, the bravest requires personal sacrifice and dedication. The focus, drive and determination of people can propel them to achieve greatness. But at the same time sport can have devastating consequences, whether that be cruelly cutting short a career or leading people down the path toward an unattainable satisfaction.
    The Special Investigation looks at the people that go to the extremes for their sport and details their personal sacrifices. It will look at the how and whys of the athletes. ‘When sport goes too far’ will look at the ramifications and effects that sport has on the athletes willing to dedicate their lives to them. Some of the experiences are of dedication and hours and hours of beating on their craft. Whereas others have felt the pain and heartbreak that the sporting world can offer.
    The essay section of this Special Investigation, entitled ‘An investigation into the portrayal of extreme male body image in UK magazines and the tabloid press’, will focus upon the ways in which the male body is viewed in its two extreme forms. Obesity and slim, ripped, muscular physiques. The essay argues that there is a distinct difference toward the attitudes of newspapers such as The Mirror, The Sun and The Daily Mail when portraying overweight people and the way in which Men’s Fitness magazine portray body image. Another key argument in the essay revolves around the idea that both tabloids and Men’s Fitness work together to reaffirm the idea of an ideal body. It explores the ways in which picture manipulation, coupled with sensationalism aid toward the demonising of obese people and at the same time reaffirming the importance of a muscular physique.

    Item Type: Dissertation
    Departments/Research Groups: Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences > School of Social, Historical and Literary Studies
    Depositing User: Jane Polwin
    Date Deposited: 16 Jul 2015 14:21
    Last Modified: 16 Jul 2015 14:21

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