Week 7 – News Diary

What is the story?

A man was arrested in Canary Wharf due to being dressed as a character from the film Captain American 2: The Winter Soldier. The police were called due to the man holding what appeared to be a shot gun. The man was arrested but later turned out the shotgun was an Airsoft gun and he was dressed up for a film and comic convention happening on the Saturday.

Why is it newsworthy?

There has recently been coverage on various different conventions both in the UK and American with MCM London having happened several weeks ago. This story shows how on edge people have been recently due to recent coverage in the news on terrorism and extremist organisations. One man commented saying he feared the man who was arrested due to how he was dressed due to how he thought he resembled a terrorist. There has been a recent surge of news coverage on “nerd culture” and popular cultural figures in mainstream media. Many news outlets covered San Diego comicon especially online outlets. The story is relatively humourous and the fact that there was what many would consider an over reaction. The story opens itself up to a discussion about why are people so edge, and why is there such a social divide between people that people do not understand the concept of dressing up as a popular television or movie character.

What are the different perspectives and why?

This story has a lot of varying perspectives and angles. The major one that a lot of people are sharing is that of it being a relatively comedic story. This is due to a big misunderstanding of the general public not understanding so called ‘nerd culture’ where dressing up like ones favourite character is fairly common place at a convention.

As stated above there is also the angle of peoples reaction’s to seeing this man, with one man stated he thought the man was dressed like a terrorist. This can be linked to the almost hyper sensitivity of people in recent months due to the refugee crisis as well as the emergence of ISIS.

There is also the viewpoint of the locals and what they think about this whole situation, and how they reacted. Did they think the amount of police was necessary, and did the situation warrant the level of caution provided? And was the arrest of the man in question even justified, and if so what laws did he break exactly that meant that carrying an air soft replica gun warranted arrest.

How does the style/presentation of facts suit the audience?

The story tends to push the facts that people were worried and relate it well to locals, rather than initially stating that the man was in fact just ‘cosplaying’ a character from a popular movie. The story is presented in how police responded to the incident, whereas many other news platforms (especially from games and nerd culture publishers and online video coverage) would more than likely find this farcical. It seems much more orientated around people being on edge of it being a possible terror scare in order to make it more relevant with recent news stories.

Sources

http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/uk-news/moment-armed-police-arrest-red-6788212

What is the story?

On Thursday evening protesters marched anonymously wearing masks in London. The Million Mask March, organised by Anonymous to protest austerity measures and inequality they believed is caused by the government, took place in Trafalgar Square. Many demonstrators set of fireworks and the there were many reported incidents of violence with 3 police officers and 6 horses injured.

Why is it newsworthy?

Due to it being a large scale march occurring in the capital many people have heard about the story. Also due to some peoples more radical actions many are condemning the entire protest. Many articles are focusing purely on the radical minority rather than those who are more peaceful. With it being on such a large scale, many people were protesting different particular causes, many linked with the recent election of a Tory government. This story has linked quite heavily into peoples disapproval of the government’s more recent policies. Many of the public (especially those who live in London) remember the London riots from a few years ago which also supposedly started out by purely being a peaceful march.

What are the different perspectives and why?

There are many different perspectives to take into account due to have large a demonstration this event was. There is the perspective of the large police present during the march and how they reacted to the more radical situations which has been heavily emphasised in some publications. Due to the large scale there were several radical members of the public who did cause issue during the protest, leading to a few incidents were police and their horses were injured.

There is also the perspective of the police being too heavy handed with many of the protesters due to being on edge by the large scale. This links in closely with the perspective of those who are using the demonstration to protest in peace and those who are merely just joining in for no other reason that wanting to be a part of it.

How does the style/presentation of facts suit the audience?

The presentation of the facts and the emphasis on certain information drastically changes the relevance of the audience. There are two main ways this story is being portrayed, one being condemnation of the actions of the minority of radicals and the condemning the reactions of police against non radicals.

For example the telegraph presents a minority of people almost as the face of the march by leading their article with a group who threw fireworks at police and the fact that 3 police officers were injured along with 6 horses. They centre the article purely around negative aspects of the demonstration in order to condemn it to appeal to their news outlet’s primary demographic who will likewise condemn the event.

Another good example is the way the facts are portrayed by the Uni Lad facebook page who made a video talking to more peaceful protesters and their experiences of the march. This attempts to despell the negative views people had been sharing about the march. Again this positive view is related due to their demographic being a lot younger and by extension, due to the generational gap, much more liberal in terms of their views.

Sources

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/uknews/crime/11975183/Million-Mask-March-Anonymous-protesters-hurl-fireworks-at-police-in-London-live.html

What is the story?

The massively multiplayer online role playing game (MMORPG) game World of Warcraft has hit it’s lowest subscriber count in recent years of 5.5 million players. This is down 100,000 players since the company Blizzard last stated there subscription numbers. Many are using this to discuss whether there is soon going to be a paradigm shift in the way MMO’s do their payment model, instead going free to play and earning money through micro transactions rather than through a subscription service.

Why is it newsworthy?

There has been a lot of discussion recently regarding whether MMO’s have a place in the modern games market due to the cost of running and sustaining the large games. WoW has been a giant in the industry for over 10 years and the company Blizzard is a massive power in terms of games development. The fact that their most well known and respected game is having a big dip in subscriptions has opened up a discussion on whether the “age of MMO’s is over”.There can a greater level of discussion from an economical sense and relate it to various other forms of media such as the print industry. The concept of a subscription service is becoming outdated and the monitisation of many items is going down the freeium (more for less) pay model.

What are the different perspectives and why?

There are several different perspectives to consider in this story. Firstly there is the angle of how does this affect the industry and the games company, blizzard – who are a large staple in the gaming community. By extension of this you can bring forward discussion relating to whether the subscription model of monitising a game is still viable, which can again lead to a discussion about younger generations being used to acquiring more for less. This industry viewpoint can then be expanded upon and applied to other areas such as online video and music and new mentality of ‘On Demand culture’ where people have access to a large amount of media for free on demand.

Obviously there is the viewpoint of the company and whether they intend to push to regain these subscribers or whether they will see this as the start of the end of the game’s life cycle, especially when considering the cost of running a game as large as an MMO in terms of server costs.

The viewpoint of players are going to clearly be considered including those who have recently canceled their subscription and why and, in the same vein, why are people remaining subscribed.

How does the style/presentation of facts suit the audience?

In terms of presentation not much is known about the story other than the fact numbers are lower than they have been in a while and this is the last time in the near future Blizzard will be making these numbers public. Therefore the facts are presented briefly before using it as a springboard for discussion on other topics such as those previously mentioned above.

Sources

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hjBJLXmVeGE – Warcraft story

http://bit.ly/1PaoDWe
http://l.gamespot.com/1RvQ0rm
http://bit.ly/1Mgm9Qe

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Week 7 – News Diary

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