Archive for the ‘individuals’ Category

Karen Matthews and single mothers

In crime, individuals, issues, social groups on December 9, 2008 at 9:37 pm

Some more stuff on single mothers, linked to the Shannon Matthews’ case.

Daily Telegraph article defending single mothers (and lots of comments attacking the article).

Barbara Ellen in The Guardian on “why Karen Matthews really offended the middle classes”.

News of the World “Evil Karen Matthews two-timed pervert lover with sick kidnapper” (or something like that)

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.

Gordon Ramsay is a “lying, cheating, hypocritical scumbag”

In individuals on November 30, 2008 at 7:38 pm

No, don’t beat about the bush: tell us what you really think.

Here’s the News of the World’s Carole Malone telling us what she thinks of the f-word chef (presumably that f-word is now fidelity). Nice use of premodifiers there…


In individuals on November 27, 2008 at 9:26 pm
elliott smith

elliott smith

richey edwards

richey edwards

Representation of individuals in obituaries? Here’s one from this week’s Guardian which has a bit of a twist: no one is really sure if he’s dead or not. And then a couple of others of musicians who’ve met untimely deaths…

Richey Edwards of Manic Street Preachers

Elliott Smith

Kurt Cobain of Nirvana

Arthur Lee of Love

Tupac Shakur

Article on Ian Curtis of Joy Division

Gordon Brown’s speech to Labour Party conference

In individuals, institutions on September 24, 2008 at 9:18 pm

I’ve blogged this at the SFX site if anyone wants to use the links there.

Andy Murray coverage during Wimbledon 2008

In individuals on July 27, 2008 at 7:24 pm

Here are a range of press extracts from this year’s Wimbledon, all offering representations of an individual (Andy Murray) during the 10 days he was in the competition: The Sun 25/6/08, Daily Mirror 30/6/08 and 1/7/08, Daily Record 1/7/08, Daily Mail 2/7/08 and The Sun 3/7/08

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”).

ENGA2 – representation of reality TV

In individuals, issues on June 3, 2008 at 9:54 pm

· http://www.guardian.co.uk/media/2008/may/27/bbc.television (news feature)

· http://www.guardian.co.uk/media/2008/may/01/television.tvandradioarts (TV review, Sam Wollaston)

· http://www.guardian.co.uk/media/2008/may/15/television (TV review, Lucy Mangan)

· http://www.guardian.co.uk/media/2008/may/22/television.tvandradioarts (TV review, William Leith)

· http://entertainment.timesonline.co.uk/tol/arts_and_entertainment/tv_and_radio/article3628496.ece (TV review, Tim Teeman)

· http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-558517/Spare-pathetic-bleating-The-Apprentice-nasty-Britain-needs-winners—politically-correct-losers.html (Opinion feature, Piers Morgan)

ENGA2 – representations of mental health

In individuals, issues on June 3, 2008 at 9:52 pm

· http://news.google.com/archivesearch?q=frank+bruno&ie=UTF-8&oe=UTF-8&btnG=Search+Archives (Frank Bruno links)

· http://www.bbc.co.uk/ouch/news/btn/bruno_sun.shtml (on Bruno story)

· http://www.sane.org.uk/News/View/87 (on Bruno story)

· http://www.telegraph.co.uk/sport/main.jhtml?xml=/sport/2005/10/20/sotv20.xml&sSheet=/sport/2005/10/20/ixothspt.html (on Bruno story)

· http://www.guardian.co.uk/media/2006/nov/30/broadcasting.comment (Gail Porter)

· http://education.guardian.co.uk/higher/story/0,,364026,00.html

· http://www.guardian.co.uk/Columnists/Column/0,,368968,00.html

· http://www.guardian.co.uk/society/2008/feb/11/mentalhealth

ENGA2 resources

In individuals, issues on April 8, 2008 at 6:40 am

Representation of celebrity:

Snoop Dogg

Representation of immigration:

First hand accounts of coming to Britain