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'Clumsy' Protesters and Clever Elites

Svensson, Erik LU and Fjellander, Staffan LU (2015) FKVA22 20142
Department of Political Science
Abstract (Swedish)
On May 2nd 2014 in Odessa a tragic incident occurred between pro-Ukrainian activists and pro-Russian activists which claimed around 40 lives. This was perceived by some officials as the beginning of a war, since it reflected the great instability and hostilities in Ukraine. Russian, Ukrainian and American officials were quick to comment the situation in favor their own side in order to gain support. A war of words began instead, reflected both in media and in comments made by officials. The goal of this war was to bend the truth in a way which made their own hands clean and the other one’s dirty. Our study reveals the connection between political elite and media, and how the American media differs from the Russian media. The article uses... (More)
On May 2nd 2014 in Odessa a tragic incident occurred between pro-Ukrainian activists and pro-Russian activists which claimed around 40 lives. This was perceived by some officials as the beginning of a war, since it reflected the great instability and hostilities in Ukraine. Russian, Ukrainian and American officials were quick to comment the situation in favor their own side in order to gain support. A war of words began instead, reflected both in media and in comments made by officials. The goal of this war was to bend the truth in a way which made their own hands clean and the other one’s dirty. Our study reveals the connection between political elite and media, and how the American media differs from the Russian media. The article uses framing theory along with Mearsheimer’s theories about lying in international relations to conclude how and why the connections exist. (Less)
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author
Svensson, Erik LU and Fjellander, Staffan LU
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organization
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FKVA22 20142
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type
L2 - 2nd term paper (old degree order)
subject
keywords
Framing, Lying, Media, Russia, America, Securitization, Bias, Ukraine, Odessa
language
English
id
4926268
date added to LUP
2015-02-28 17:22:04
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  abstract     = {On May 2nd 2014 in Odessa a tragic incident occurred between pro-Ukrainian activists and pro-Russian activists which claimed around 40 lives. This was perceived by some officials as the beginning of a war, since it reflected the great instability and hostilities in Ukraine. Russian, Ukrainian and American officials were quick to comment the situation in favor their own side in order to gain support. A war of words began instead, reflected both in media and in comments made by officials. The goal of this war was to bend the truth in a way which made their own hands clean and the other one’s dirty. Our study reveals the connection between political elite and media, and how the American media differs from the Russian media. The article uses framing theory along with Mearsheimer’s theories about lying in international relations to conclude how and why the connections exist.},
  author       = {Svensson, Erik and Fjellander, Staffan},
  keyword      = {Framing,Lying,Media,Russia,America,Securitization,Bias,Ukraine,Odessa},
  language     = {eng},
  note         = {Student Paper},
  title        = {'Clumsy' Protesters and Clever Elites},
  year         = {2015},
}