News ownership and political scandal: a analysis of the Pig-gate coverage in British press

Johnston, Ryan (2016) News ownership and political scandal: a analysis of the Pig-gate coverage in British press. BA dissertation, University of Portsmouth.

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    The purpose of this investigation is to examine the implications of scandal on the formation of public opinion. It will argue that the discursive reproduction of sensationalism is in response to growing commercial interests, which is prevalent within an increasingly concentrated media industry. It will examine how and to what extent sensationalism impacts on public opinion as well as exploring the democratic implications for the public sphere. This will be illustrated through the application of a critical discourse analysis of the case study, Pig-gate. It will also include a condensed theoretical account regarding the implications of a highly concentrated media industry, which further explores the role of political dialogue in the enactment, reproduction, and legitimisation of power structures through the discursive practices of four British newspapers. The data collected will emphasise its value as a political tool exerting ideological influence, which is representative of the proprietors and their vested interests, at the expense of public opinion.

    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: 17 Aug 2016 14:32
    Last Modified: 17 Aug 2016 14:32

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