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For decades, print media such as newspapers have been used to inform the public of political issues to celebrity scandals to the latest sports news. Newspapers have, for years, been one of the most heavily used forms of informative media around the world, however they have seen their slow decline in the last ten years due to the rise of social media and the internet, however thats a topic for another time. Due to this, newspapers tend to be very out spoken during political events as the companies that own them understand that their papers can potentially influence a large audience. Do companies make newspapers that agree with their audience or purposely spark debate? In this essay I will be making an argument for both sides and will be using The Sun and the Guardian newspaper as the foundation of my argument. Continue reading “‘Are newspapers really choosing ideologies or are they just trying to sell papers to audiences with their own?’ An essay by Ronnie Ciavattone.”
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An important part of learning about institutions is that they tend to align with political parties. This can be for a number of reasons, but is mostly to please the dominant ideologies of their audience.
This is clear to see in this first image:
It is clear by looking at this that The Guardian is predominately read by a labour supporting audience (centre-left), whilst The Telegraph, in contrast, leans very much to the centre-right, supporting the Conservatives (Or Tories). Other observations; over a quarter of Daily Express readers support UKIP (quite obvious if you just look at the front page), along with The Star and there is not a single newspaper that has anything near a 50/50 labour/conservative split.
The history of such allegiances can be seen in the diagram below, with support shown in every general election from World War 2 until 2005, note how support from institutions – like audiences – tends to change to reflect the zeitgeist and ideologies of the era:
Only The Mirror and The Telegraph‘s support has remained consistent since the end of World War 2.
What other observations can be made, based on these two diagrams? Answers in the comments please.
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