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En het potatis: En kvalitativ fallstudie om journalistikens gestaltning av mediedebatten kring fallet Mr Cool
Linnaeus University, Faculty of Arts and Humanities, Department of Media and Journalism.
2019 (Swedish)Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesisAlternative title
A hot potato : A qualitative case study on the journalistic representation of the debate about Mr Cool (English)
Abstract [en]

This paper aims to examine the different portrayals in Swedish journalism about a case with a controversial topic. The analyzed case in this study focuses on the provocative rapper Mr Cool and his song about sexual intercourse with a child and the following mediated debate about freedom of speech and morality. The research questions examined were: How does the media frame the meta-debate about Mr Cool? We picked 16 articles and analyzed them with a qualitative content analysis method using framing theory and argumentation techniques in order to be able to examine how the debate were portrayed by the media. We also used the moral panic concept to get a deeper understanding of the mechanics of topics the society is concerned with. We have found that the participants of the debate handled the subject differently and with different strategies, depending on which side they would support. The central discussion was about personal taste, boundary making and the consequences of silencing what is thought to be offensive. The results of the analysis agrees with previous studies and theories in the field when it comes to moral panics and fear as a natural part of our society. History is likely to repeat itself but with other motives and other fears.

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2019.
Keywords [en]
Framing theory, Moral panic, Controversial topic, Mr Cool, Freedom of speech, Meta-debate, Case study, Morality
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Media and Communications
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URN: urn:nbn:se:lnu:diva-86849OAI: oai:DiVA.org:lnu-86849DiVA, id: diva2:1337386
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Media and Communications Science
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Available from: 2019-08-13 Created: 2019-07-14 Last updated: 2019-08-13Bibliographically approved

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