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English Seminar Imagine owning a crystal ball which can show you anything that is happening in the world But then imagine that someone is controlling what and how the crystal ball shows you these events This is the media in a nutshell Whilst it is a powerful and useful source of information we mustnt forget that it is only a representation and doesnt mirror the reality of unfolding events Just as we cannot see every single side to an issue the media presents us with a partial perspective of a story determined by its political cultural and corporate background The following presentation will analyze the aspects of positioning discourses cultural context and draw conclusions as to the impact of the media upon our understanding In the specific case of the Beslan hostage crisis official media publications have failed to address why the situation occurred Throughout the first article specific information was privileged and silenced in an effort to create an anti-Chechen position that the reader would accept and adopt Throughout the article the author reported on how the Russian special forces overcame traded fire battled and stormed the Chechen separatists The author deliberately chose to describe the Russian troops in this manner in order to create the dominant viewpoint that they are civilised professional and saviours In an effort to ensure the reader agrees with this dominant viewpoint the author constructs the Chechens as being separatist rebels Arabs militants who killed crying children Furthermore graphic descriptions which appeal to the readers emotions were deliberately fore-grounded to ensure the reader viewed the Chechens as barbaric murderers Such descriptions as crying children some naked and covered in blood children whose shattered bloody bodies were placed on lines of stretchers and terrified children with bloody faces ran screaming appeals to the emotions of the reader Possibly the most implicit way the author chooses to position the reader is the way heshe attempts to establish a
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