The topic I chose is about’How the media treat and report the minority group of people?’. My research problem formulated from this topic is’Why the media treated and reported the Zhang Guorong–Leslie’s death and Foxconn workers suicide so differently?’. Leslie is a famous actor in Hong Kong and due to many reasons he jumped from a hotel building and suicided in April1st,2003.After the media reported his suicide grandly, his fans all over the world felt truly sorry for him and held his death anniversary very April 1st. The Foxconn is a big factory and in year 2010, 14 workers jumped from the building and suicided. At first, the media didn’t pay much attention to report it until the number of the suicide kept increasing. The media reported that because of the large amount of the same work the kept doing day by day, they felt their life meaningless and as a result, they chose to suicide. According to the internet(Baidu) and also my social experience, the media took Leslie’s suicide more seriously than the Foxconn worker’s suicide.
When the public thought about Leslie’s suicide, most of them felt truly pity about his death and will memorize him every year. But when came to Foxconn’s suicide, most people only felt sorry for them and felt angry about the Foxcoon’s rules, obviously there is no memorize activities for the died workers held by the pubic. The reason why both media and the public took the death of Leslie–a famous celebrity more seriously is that the workers suicided in Foxconn are migrant workers–which we called the social minority group. As we know, migrant workers are special group of people came into being during he past 30 years in China, millions of farmer’s sons with dreams left their countryside and came into the city, became a new important group of labors. They have low salary, living in bad accommodations and can’t enjoy the same welfare as the citizens（Baidu internet Encyclopedia). People care more about and respect more to the celebrities rather than the migrant workers.
In other words, migrant workers are just like the bottom level people who don’t deserve to get other’s attention. The reason I think my research is important is that on the one hand, I can find out that how the society cares about the minority group like migrant workers, on the other hand, I can find out the relationship between media and the public through the research. In my opinion, the result of my research shows that the society still not care about the minority group much and this is what we should improve. Also, the relationship between the media and the public is complicated related–the media influenced the public’s interest and their focus, the public also influenced the media as well.
My research came from ‘the media and the journalism’ area which is belongs to my major–communication. As a communication student, I want to know more about the media nowadays. During class, teacher told me that the media and the reporters should be ‘watchdogs’–select what should be reported and what shouldn’t, and also give the truth to the public(Agenda setting and the media’s construction of reality). So I want to prove that the media should not only give the truth to the public, but also should care more about the society minority group through my research.
My methods to collect the primary data in the field is, first, surf the internet to look through the events and make sure my information is exactly right. Second, I clarify the information and judge it critically whether it is useful to my research. Third, analyzing the information and find out which is suitable for my report and mark where the quotations came from. At last, I select the quotation I can use and put it in to my report.
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