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school riots - media influence

(11 Posts)
Fennel Tue 25-Sep-18 22:36:34

For my sins, I look at the DM online most days, and found this today:
Yes, it was awful, but does publicising it like this help to solve the problem?
Back in 1960 I had a supply teacher's job in a senior girls school in Clapham Junction. Some of the teachers told me to be careful, because the previous year the pupils had run riot and the staff had to lock themselves in the staffroom.
It wasn't too bad , there was a still very unruly element . Threatened with a broken milk bottle, and once knocked to the floor. I was young and fit then.
But plus ca change?

Moocow Tue 25-Sep-18 23:14:35

It can't do any good can it? I do despair of the media for all areas of reporting.

yggdrasil Wed 26-Sep-18 08:35:40

Answer, stop reading the DM. They are known for 'fake news'. Try the Guardian or the Telegraph.

kittylester Wed 26-Sep-18 08:41:07

It won't mean that the riot didn't happen just because you didn't read about it. confused

PECS Wed 26-Sep-18 09:56:28

When "media studies" meant exactly that one of the things students were asked to do was to compare reports on from different sources & to debate why they presented different perceptions of the same incident: press ( various) TV / radio. They also had to look at the column and air space , level of prominence different issues were given in different outlets. Why some pics were used in some placesetc. It helped students to be media savvy. The course also looked at propaganda & the power of advertising.

I wonder why this subject was undermined so much by some in the media so now it is not on the curriculum.?

GrannyGravy13 Wed 26-Sep-18 10:05:36

Interesting PECS,

If you get a group of 10 people to watch "an event" you will have 10 different versions of the same event.

It does make it very frustrating for us "media consumers" to know which report is the most accurate, and I think this is one of the reasons we here so much animosity towards certain newspapers and tv news broadcasts.

PECS Wed 26-Sep-18 10:19:03

Exactly GrannyGravy .. with media now including all on line stuff and social media I think Media Studies is more important than ever.
We all believe we are not influenced by " media" but we are! Or it would not have so.much money invested in it!

kittylester Wed 26-Sep-18 10:21:40

And, of course we are all subject to the Echo Chamber effect.

PECS Wed 26-Sep-18 10:32:36

Indeed kitty say it enough & with conviction & it suddenly becomes true!

M0nica Wed 26-Sep-18 10:59:53

Whether it is publicised or not is irrelevant. It is how it is reported that matters.

School riots are uncommon in the UK so it is news. Once we start on the slippery slope of not publicising certain news because does publicising it like this help to solve the problem? or, possibly, might encourage more behaviour like that, or is news that it is not good for people to see, or is news the government is not comfortable with, - you can see the progression then you are then well on the may censorship and eventually the totalitarian state.

Fennel Wed 26-Sep-18 20:07:05

I posted this topic last night, and a few other posts, while I was in a state of anxiety about a hospital appt today with a consultant. So apologies if it seems a bit pointless.
But it is quite interesting - as a follow up there were rumours on twitter etc that it was a fight between rival Roma gangs.
and the fighters were armed with weapons. Both rumours proved to be false.