Category Media analysis

The Oka Crisis- Critical Analysis

Critical Analysis: The Oka Crisis The Oka Crisis of 1990 resulted from the enduring racist ideological foundation of the Canadian state that grants it utmost authority in governing Indigenous land and to deny to Indigenous populations the right to self-determination (Gordon, 2006, p. 34). The following analysis reveals the power relations behind the Oka Crisis […]

Black Lives Matter at Toronto Pride 2016: Mass Media Deprecation and Misrepresentation

Since July 2016, Canadian media outlets such as CBC News and The National Post have misrepresented the Black Lives Matter Toronto Pride protest in mainstream media. By removing the BLM-TO protest from historical contexts, neglecting to consider the protest within larger structural inequalities of race, sexuality, and gender, and vilifying Black protestors, mass media influenced […]

Elsipogtog: An Analysis of the Anti-Fracking Protest

The Elsipogtog First Nation anti-fracking protest of 2013 has left an undeniable, eye-opening impact on Canadians which allowed them to see current issues faced by Indigenous communities across the country. The unjust events that took place during the months of the protest, such as the violent raid by the RCMP, are prime examples of how […]

STAND UP FOR SCIENCE: Media Analysis

Media has been a very significant tool throughout its history in creating knowledge, affecting consensus and shaping general public view, as well as an instrument of common-sense discourse. The use of media by the government and politicians has been a common thing in creating moral panics and propaganda for their political interests. As Boykoff (2007a) […]

Media Representations of the Concordia University Anti-Netanyahu protests

This blog post will analyse the dominant representations of the Concordia University Anti-Netanyahu protest/riot within mainstream news media. This analysis will identify and critique the kind of information being included/excluded, the manner by which the protesters were framed and suppressed, and the consequences of the particular representations. The examined articles do a poor job at […]

Mass Media’s Hidden Agenda in the Coverage of Summit of the Americas

It is worth acknowledging that ordinary citizens get the vast majority of their conventional news from mass media. Whether it’s true or not, the citizen’s dependence on mass media does not decline and leads them to believe the stories that are reported as substantially viable. Four of the six news articles, from across Canada, used […]

Ready For Riots: Police Anti-Brutalization Protesters Have The Media On Their Side

The media has not only taken on the role of constructing police brutalization as imminent, particularly for minorities, but they also characterize the police as predatory. The death of Cleveland native Tamir Rice has been billed an attack against an innocent Black youth playing with a toy gun (Lopez, 2014), and the death of Eric […]

40 Years Later and the media still has not aged a bit

The October Crisis of 1970 marked one of the most intense political situations in Canadian history: it was this moment that for the first time in Canadian history that The War Measures Act was used during peace time. Every moment of this situation was televised and reported across the nation and the globe for millions […]

Chief Theresa Spence: A Hero or A Sham?

The mass media plays a largely manipulative role in the depiction of news stories. The coverage of these alleged popular stories is often uneven and biased (Boykoff, 2007). Chief Theresa Spence’s hunger strike was one of many First Nations issues addressed by the news and subsequently questioned by the public and politicians. The dissent of […]

Yonge Street Riot 1992 – Media Analysis

The Yonge Street Riot that took place in 1992 has been damagingly portrayed in the media in various ways. What had originated as a peaceful gathering in front of the US Consulate located in Toronto progressed into a chaotic series of events spiraling out of police control. The purpose of this analysis will be to […]