Archive for the ‘events’ Category

Social workers and children’s services

In events, individuals, issues, social groups on December 3, 2008 at 6:04 am

Following the horrific Baby P story, the papers have been full of vitriolic attacks on social workers in Haringey (and in general). Here’s a taste of some of the ways in which this social group and individuals such as Sharon Shoesmith have been represented comments on The Sun’s message boards.

Sun letters and texts

Daily Mirror – view from a social worker

Daily Mail – “bungling social workers put children at risk”

Daily Mail – social workers criticised for “flimsy abuse claim”

You can’t win with the Daily Mail, can you?

As an ENGA1 mode exercise, you might find the comparisons between Sun letters and text messages useful too.

Representation of soldiers’ wives and partners

In events, gender - women, individuals, social groups, war on June 11, 2008 at 4:57 pm

From today’s Sun. Might be good for its obviously gendered construction of Daniel Gamble’s girlfriend’s  identity (“Heartbroken Tammy”, “Inconsolable Tammy” , “pretty shop assistant Tammy”).

War in Afghanistan – reports from Telegraph

In events, war on June 8, 2008 at 9:42 am

I thought these were good links to articles about the war in Afghanistan and a video diary that might be good for transcription and analysis. The Telegraph articles are by Thomas Harding and I think they’d be interesting to analyse on their own as texts as well as ones to group together for study on ENGA2.

Telegraph article on paratroopers’ assault on Taliban

Paratroopers launch surprise attack

Video diary