Archive for the ‘issues’ 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.

Knife Crime reporting

In issues on September 24, 2008 at 9:16 pm

Programme coming up on Monday night Radio 4 9pm which sounds good. I’m going to try to record it to use.

Binge drinking

In issues on September 14, 2008 at 3:03 pm

Now that term’s properly begun, this is what I feel like doing every day. Here’s a link to Terry Kirby in The Guardian looking at the background to binge drinking in Britain and its representation in the media.

Youth crime – an historical perspective

In issues, social groups on July 27, 2008 at 7:23 pm

Good article about moral panics over youth crime from Mick Hume in The Times.

Disarming Britain

In crime, issues on June 23, 2008 at 7:00 am

Site supporting Channel 4’s season on gun and knife crime in Britain.

The programmes themselves could be good for use in class and might help with resources from other modes, plus there’s a blog and sets of links to other sites focusing on the issue.

ENGA2 – representation of Muslims in Britain

In issues on June 8, 2008 at 9:45 am

The Guardian – Inside the world of UK Muslim women:


The Guardian – Recognise our role in society


International Herald Tribune – Head-to-toe Muslim veils test tolerance of secular Britain


Muslim Women’s Sport Foundation in the media


Majeds Blog – Do Muslim Women Need Empowering?


The Daily Mail – Hairdresser sued for refusing to hire Muslim woman in a headscarf


Muslim Parents Association UK – Shaping the Future: A Call to Parents


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