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More with less: en dystopisk journalistik verklighet i den fiktiva TV-serien The Wire
Linnaeus University, Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, School of Social Sciences.
Linnaeus University, Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, School of Social Sciences.
2011 (Swedish)Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesisAlternative title
More with less : A dystopic journalistic reality in the fictional TV series The Wire  (English)
Abstract [en]

Our main objective with this thesis was to analyze how journalism is portrayed in popular culture, and to see if there was any difference in the way women and men were being portrayed. We chose to analyze the TV-series The Wire because it is widely considered to be one of the greatest series ever shown on television. Due to its popularity it certainly had made quite an impact on its audience and was therefore important to analyze. The series fifth and last season’s main narrative was about the journalists at The Baltimore Sun and we picked one scene from each episode to see how the journalists were being portrayed and how female and male journalists interacted with and about each other from a gender perspective. Our analysis showed that journalists were portrayed through two types of journalists. One type of journalist that is desperate to keep his/her job and will go as far as making up stories and changing facts to sensationalize journalism in order to please bosses and owners. The other type of journalist is the ambitious type that wants to get under the skin of the obvious story and search for underlying reasons to explain a certain scenario. We also found that it is the first type that gets rewarded and promoted while the honest and ambitious journalist gets stuck where he/she is or gets sent off to another newspaper. Our analysis also showed that there are fewer women than men with important or leading roles in the newspaper. However, the women portrayed in The Wire are treated very similar to men by their bosses.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2011. , 46 p.
Keyword [sv]
journalistik, The Wire, genus
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URN: urn:nbn:se:lnu:diva-17321OAI: oai:DiVA.org:lnu-17321DiVA: diva2:491385
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Journalism
Educational program
Journalism and Media Production Programme, 180 credits
Presentation
, Kalmar
Uppsok
Social and Behavioural Science, Law
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Available from: 2012-02-09 Created: 2012-02-06 Last updated: 2012-02-09Bibliographically approved

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