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Title: Is your opinion really yours?
Authors: Lucas Hinrichsen, Valdemar
Petersen, Thomas
Advisor: Lund, Søren
Keywords: Media
Examination Date: 17-Jan-2012
Issue Date: 18-Jan-2012
Abstract: We were intrigued to know whether or not there was a negative representation of Hamas in the media and more generally who qualifies to become a terrorist and who has the authority to qualify one as terrorist. Moreover, we wanted to investigate the potential power of influence that the Western media can have on the public opinion which then allows us to grasp the constructed reality, thus, enabling us to “deconstruct” it. By first looking at what the public opinion of Hamas is in the West and showing the possibility of alternative perspectives on Hamas, we want to show the nature of the problem. Accounting for the tools that the media possess to affect the public opinion and looking at how the influence is exerted, we show the reasons behind the aforementioned problem. We additionally look at who can be behind and benefit from those intentional biases. We learned that there were unavoidable biases in the media and that there was more to Hamas than the side published by the Western media. We then look at the possibility of alternative media being a solution for the problem and how alternative media can provide more perspective in news telling. We conclude with the axiom that if we were informed about Hamas in a different way, the whole public opinion on the Middle-East crisis and everything around it could be affected. This leads us to the conclusion that the public bases its opinion on the information it receives. In some cases, the only information received comes through mainstream media. If the latter is biased, the public opinion will consequently be biased.
Subject: Thesis
Education: Samfundsvidenskabelig international basisuddannelse (SIB) / International Basic Studies in Social Sciences
Appears in Collections:SIB rapporter / Social Science International Basic Studies Projects

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