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Bordertown - A filmic example of investigative media

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Essay from the year 2008 in the subject Sociology - Political Sociology, Majorities, Minorities, grade: 2,0, University of Siegen,... Lire la suite
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Essay from the year 2008 in the subject Sociology - Political Sociology, Majorities, Minorities, grade: 2,0, University of Siegen, course: Migration Matters 2, language: English, abstract: Since the 1990s, in Juárez, Mexico, there have taken place scores of murders of young Mexican women. They are chased by their murderers on their ways home from the so called 'maquiladoras', which are factories where they work for a little sum of money and produce TVs or computers for the USA at the assembly lines. The young women are violated and raped by their kidnappers and later their dead bodies are buried somewhere in the desert of Mexico. Nevertheless, the police and the whole government of Juárez try to camouflage these events. The number of victims, published by the police, is about 375 women, whereas the estimated number of unreported cases is about 5000. Gregory Nava made these true events to the story of his movie Bordertown from 2006. The tortures the women of Juárez have to experience and the underlying topic of border-crossing are the essential subjects of Bordertwon. Furthermore, within his movie, he has chosen a special way of communicating these topics to the viewer: he makes use of media, respectively investigative media, in order to show how hard it is to explore this subject. So, not only he himself uses media as an organ of communication but he moreover embeds the investigation of certain matters into his movie. Nowadays media is the most important institution of distributing and communicating information and of transmitting one's own perspective about certain topics. This is not only done by directors like in the case of Gregory Nava but by everyone who stands in the centre of a certain field - for instance politicians or celebrities. As Wilma de Jong, Martin Shaw and Neil Stammers have formulated in their introduction of Global Activism, Global Media (2005): 'Media appear to be increasingly globalised, as national television, press, etc. are subsumed in gigantic worldwide flows of information and ideas, symbolized by the internet which offers social and political actors new opportunities for more direct communication.' So, media - in our time better said 'mass media' - stands for a direct but widely spread transmission of information to the audience. People, who decide to transmit certain messages through media - in this case for instance Gregory Nava and his protagonists from Bordertown - have a special aim by acting this way: they want to make a change within the field they are working for. Whether Nava did this successfully or not will be discussed later on in this paper. [...]

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Titre: Bordertown - A filmic example of investigative media
Sous-titre: A filmic example of investigative media
Code EAN: 9783640568734
ISBN: 978-3-640-56873-4
Protection contre la copie numérique: libre
Format: eBook (pdf)
Editeur: Grin Publishing
Genre: Sociologie politique
nombre de pages: 15
Parution: 19.03.2010
Année: 2010
Sous-titre: Englisch
Taille de fichier: 0.6 MB