Football hooliganism: Hillsborough and the press

Springer, Andy (2011) Football hooliganism: Hillsborough and the press. BA dissertation, University of Portsmouth.

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    Since football became a privatised sport, it has been the subject of media attention. This piece evaluates the role of the media, both locally and nationally, in depicting and reporting on football hooliganism. It looks at the role of media in crafting what has become commonly known as the ‘football hooligan’ and asks if these interpretations are truthful. In doing so, it uncovers the origins of the term as a media reference to football violence both on and off the pitch. The Hillsborough disaster was a huge event in football, sport, and the media. What this piece argues is that whilst the national press took a stance either in support of Liverpool fans and their role in the tragedy, or against them by placing the term ‘hooligan’ on the community, ultimately the truth won out and proved The Sun to be jumping on the fickle defences of the Sheffield police force. The final argument in this piece compares the national and local press and their immediate responses to the disaster. Whilst the local press (Liverpool Echo) instantly placed blame on the police and supported their community, it took the nationals a few days to take a stance. What this says is that loyalty is a bigger issue in the local newspapers as a voice of the people. Ultimately this article concludes that the press, particularly on a national level, has more power than it perhaps should have, and such power should be used with the consequences in mind rather than mindlessly printing outrageous allegations which cost a newspaper an entire community of readers.

    Item Type: Dissertation
    Departments/Research Groups: Faculty of Creative and Cultural Industries > School of Media and Performing Arts
    Depositing User: Jane Polwin
    Date Deposited: 23 Mar 2012 14:58
    Last Modified: 28 Jan 2015 11:58

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