Month: January 2005

Chinese and Indian media view Debates

The following is the abstract of the recent paper Bu and I are working on: By employing framing theory and content analysis, this study identified the media frames in the leading Chinese and Indian newspapers and Websites in their coverage of 2004 U.S. presidential debates. The major findings include both Chinese and Indian media predominantly disclose preferences for John Kerry over George Bush in their news reports. The U.S. debates also generated media discussions of some other issues the debates did not cover extensively, such as U.S. policy towards Taiwan and North Korea nuclear issue for Chinese media, and Kashmir issue and India’s stand on the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty for Indian media. This study also discovers other media frames including media bias, poll prediction, online cynicism, and personality politics. The authors argue that studying these frames may broaden the understanding of the media effects of international reporting, which might be a valuable contribution to research about the construction of reality using media frames, and implicit ideology in political reporting.

Faces of the Truth

Truths is well said. Because there are more than one truth. Oftentimes I wonder why is it that there need to be a quest for the multiples. If we will anyway not get at a single truth, will we ever get to the point when we would have got enough of the multiples? Are multiples not compound? Complex? Interchangeable and interjected? An Inspector Calls comes to mind.

Mumia on prison of education

Mumia’s latest post on Oakland’s war against schoolchildren Several years ago, the great activist and prison abolitionist, Angela Davis, told me that California prison guards make more money than the state’s college professors. I was dumbfounded. But it told me all I wanted to know about how the State values its places of repression, and devalues places of education. I thought of that conversation when I heard about the latest ‘financial crisis’ facing the Oakland Unified School District, the state’s takeover by an undemocratic agency, and the subsequent threats of cuts, of cutbacks, and the ever-present lure of charter schools. Oakland is far more than the city that gave birth to the Black Panther Party; it is far more than the popular projection of a poor city. Oakland’s Port is the 4th largest *in the world*. That port generates some $27 Billion annually in trade. It is home to the American President Lines (APL), the 5th largest shipping company in the world. American business powerhouses like the Clorox Co., and Rolls-Royce Engines Services, call Oakland …