This website uses cookies to ensure you have the best experience. Learn more

Power Relations And The London Riots

2734 words - 11 pages

The 2011 London Riots was one of those spontaneous events that sparked intense media coverage and called upon the government leaders to adopt new policies amidst the changing political climate. For this reason, I will be using the London riots as a case study to discuss the effects of social media networks on the power relations between the mainstream media and the acting government during a spontaneous event. I argue that a spontaneous event such as the London riots, allows the mainstream media to exercise greater independence and power over the government, who are limited to operating from a reactionary position. I argue that the greater power lies with the mainstream media, which has multiple channels for expression that can be utilised to subvert the political meaning attributed to a spontaneous event by the government. However, I conclude that social media networks in a spontaneous event operate as a third party contender for power and are thus able to limit the power of both the media and the government, by directly involving the public and the people involved in the event.
Wolsfeld argues, that in order to assess the power relationship between media outlets and the acting government, we must consider the nature of the media environment, the nature of the political environment, and the nature of the antagonists. He states that there are many factors that make up what we call the media environment. These factors include, but are not limited to: the processes and norms that the media organisation adheres to, the amount of political freedom the media has, and the amount of resources and finance the media has1. For the purposes of this essay the answer to most of these questions is irrelevant. However, the question regarding the amount of political freedom the media outlet has, is of concern here. For instance: a mainstream media outlet will be reliant on getting a media license from the government. This will involve the media outlet agreeing to certain provisions set by the governing body, which will in turn limit what the media can and cannot reveal, and how the media will go about revealing what it does. This is a crucial factor that cannot and should not be overlooked in any discussion regarding the relationship between a media outlet and the acting government, for it demonstrates a definite institutional governmental power over the media outlet.
The political environment can be understood as the political situation at the time in question. That is to say the combined public and private beliefs, discourse, and behaviours concerning a political topic at any one time. The political environment, like the media environment is thus composed of a variety of factors which alternate depending on the location in space and time1. In the case of the London Riots we can say that the political situation, superficially speaking, was tense and chaotic. To go further into the particulars of the political situation of London at the time will not give us...

Find Another Essay On Power relations and the London Riots

Rodney King and the Los Angeles Riots

2699 words - 11 pages challenge for law enforcement and the military. They were heavily armed groups of criminals" (Mendel). Some even used snipers to take out police. The Military and National Guard were called in to help police with the riots. Even though gang members were the ones that were committing the more violent crimes, other people were doing their part in different ways.Some people would yell out of their car and honk their horns as they drove by. Other

Baldwin and the Harlem Race Riots of 1943

1074 words - 4 pages American people, this event not only touched the lives of Harlem’s residents, but also exhibited a picture to the world regarding American race relations. As the “Official Response to the Detroit Riot,” the Harlem race riots certainly exceeded the physical and emotional destruction the Detroit riot caused. With “six persons [dead], several hundreds injured, and approximately two million dollars’ worth of property [was] damaged,” the riots proved

THE LUST FOR POWER: HOW POLITICS AND PERSONAL RELATIONS BECOME ONE

2583 words - 10 pages THE LUST FOR POWER: HOW POLITICS AND PERSONAL RELATIONS BECOME ONEThe stories of the Bible reveal a pattern of "ups and downs" for the nation of Israel. A period of prosperity, faithfulness and fearing God would almost always be followed by a period of destitution, lawlessness and idolatry. This recurring cycle can be linked to political authority, and the level of separation of political authority from other influences. The successful struggle

The Life and Writings of Jack London

900 words - 4 pages It appears that many famous people lived through a poor childhood. Jack London had an immensely rough childhood stricken with poverty and uncertainty, yet he is one of the most famous writers of the twentieth century. London’s lack of stability in his life and the various stages he lived through such as being a sailor, hobo, Klondike Argonaut, and self-made millionaire colored the pages of his writing. Lack of stability in a child’s life can

Power Relations of the Characters in Pinter's Old Times

4607 words - 18 pages . Thus, Old Times, in its absurdity, represents the core of the human relations from a realistic point of view. REFERENCES Cahn, V. L. Gender and Power in the Plays of Harold Pinter. London: The Macmillan Press. 1994. Pinter, Harold. Harold Pinter: Plays Three. London: Faber and Faber Limited. 1991.

Internalisation of power- an essay on cultural ideals of femininity, internalisation of gender power relations and the effect this has on woman's sense of self

1949 words - 8 pages INTERNALISATION OF POWERHow have women (and/or) men internalised the power relations established in the gender order (the male as the one, the female as the other) and cultural ideals of femininity?The structure of power relations of the gender order is based on assumptions of what is is to be male and female. This arrangement divides humanity in to separate classes according to gender by attributing certain physical and psychological

Race Relations and The Slave

1731 words - 7 pages affect on African Americans and fight for the benefits the constitution guarantees all citizens. He urged African Americans to remember the history of violent European colonization, and how European blacks did not secure power through integration, but by violence and force. Malcolm influenced many African Americans at this time to revolt, rebel, and begin riots and violent acts nationwide. He continued to emphasize Pan-Africanism, black self

Book Review: 'Coping with Crises--The Management of Disasters, Riots and Terrorism.'

788 words - 3 pages clear internal analysis should be done first. This internal analysis involves the concern of a comprehensive threat analysis for the organization.I found that the book "Coping with Crises--The Management of Disasters, Riots and Terrorism", which provides not only the knowledge of crisis management but also resourceful cases, is a useful tool for managers to get a deep understanding of the method of crisis analysis and learn from practical cases

Oliver Twist         The poverty and cruelty of old London and

1112 words - 4 pages Oliver Twist The poverty and cruelty of old London and surrounding areas set in England inspired Charles Dickens to create an incredibly moving and interesting story of a simple pauper boy going through life in a harsh and unforgiving time.Oliver Twist is not just about some boy that was born poor trying to survive in the streets of London.I discovered that there is more to the book than just the story of Oliver and his friends; there are hidden

The Bubonic Plague and the Great Fire of London

1502 words - 6 pages The Bubonic Plague and the Great Fire of London Two disasters struck London during the 1660s with the first being an outbreak of bubonic plague, the last and worst of a series that had started in the 1300s. The latter disaster was the great fire of London in which a Bakery broke out in flames near to the London Bridge when

Law and Order in London in the Late 19th Century

1565 words - 6 pages Law and Order in London in the Late 19th Century The East End of London was well known for its high crime levels. There was a very dense population which resulted in high levels of poverty, unemployment and of course crime. People in the East End would often turn to crimes such as thieving, prostitution and drunkenness. People were frequently driven to perpetrate criminal acts by desperation, despondency and the idea

Similar Essays

Courts And Power Relations Essay

1495 words - 6 pages The courtroom is a ritualised space, involving costume, language, spatial organisation and so on, and courts, therefore, constitute performative exercises of power. Discuss some of the ways in which courts demonstrate power and/or power relations. The courtroom is a ritualised space in which many features are effectively manipulated to demonstrate the states power over the individual. It is because of such displays of power that the courtroom

How The Effects Of Media On Antisocial Behaviour Contributed To The London Riots

821 words - 3 pages Aggression can be defined as ‘behaviour performed with intent to harm another’, whilst Violence can be defined as ‘behaviour designed to cause physical injury or damage’. It would be safe to say that both of these actions took place during the London riots. Bandura and Walters (1963) believed aggression could not necessarily be explained using the traditional learning theory; where direct experience was seen as responsible for the acquisition of

Before And After The Newark Riots

1944 words - 8 pages fact brought to the hospital, a group gathered out in front of the police station and started throwing bricks and other objects at the police station. The riot went on for six days and has shaped the image of Newark to this day the riots have given the city a negative appearance that still lingers. The major factors that led to the Newark riots were numerous urban renewal played a huge role in creating the tension which caused the riots. Louis

Hip Hop And The La Riots

2874 words - 11 pages the LA riots. a traffic stop was made and an overuse of force was used. Hip Hop had been preparing and fueling people for this since the 1970's. When they started to listen it was too late. The riots were an uprising that could only be stopped by the ones that started it. Homes would be destroyed, stores would be robbed, and people would get hurt, all thanks to racial inequality inforced by the LAPD.Crack hit LA in the 1980's and there was a