Analyse the use of words by journalists in Occupy Central Movement

CCGL9011 Media in the age of Globalization

Name: Miu Chun Yi Thomas (UID:3035099593)

Headline of MailOnline News 15–10–2014:

Hong Kong outraged as police are filmed viciously beating handcuffed pro-democracy protester amid worst violence of unrest

Police handcuffed Ken Tsang Kin-chiu, a member of the pro-democracy Civic Party, before dragging him into a dark corner next to a protest site where they punched and kicked him for several minutes.

Evaluation:

  1. The word ‘outraged’ carries a negative meaning, referring to a high degree of anger, which might be graded as 8.
  2. The word ‘viciously’ is highly negative, with the meaning of hurting others cruelly, like an animal with an evil intention of attacking someone. It can be graded as 10.

Potency:

Both ‘outraged’ and ‘viciously’ have a strong potency, which I will grade as 8. The use of these two words will have an emotional impact on the readers, who might be influenced by the use of the words that the police are guilty in beating up the suspects unlawfully.

Activity:

Both two words are active in the sense that ‘outraged’ means great anger, which might evoke a follow-up action in response. The word ‘viciously’ is also active for it implies a deliberate intention to do something evil. The use of these two words in media can easily manipulate public opinion to take action against the government. Therefore, I will grade the activity of these two words as 9.

Reference:

Damien, G. (2014, 15 October). Hong Kong outraged as police are filmed viciously beating handcuffed pro-democracy protester amid worst violence of unrest. MailOnline. Retrieved from http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2793722/hong-kong-outraged-police-filmed-viciously-beating-handcuffed-pro-democracy-protester-amid-worst-violence-unrest.html#ixzz3YblkVFO9

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