Visselblåsaren Edward Snowden i olika medieformer

Detta är en Kandidat-uppsats från Högskolan i Gävle/Avdelningen för humaniora

Sammanfattning: This essay discusses the portrait of the whistleblower Edward Joseph Snowden in different media forms. Edward Snowden, the NSA employee who in June 2103 revealed NSA’s secret global surveillance system in the newspapers The Guardian UK, The Washington Post and The New York times, has been portrayed in various types of media such as news articles, film, documentary and self-biography. With references to the communication theories re-mediation and storytelling, this thesis examines which components are used in these different types of media to portray Snowden and how the perspectives differ. It also focuses on which traits that defines a hero and a traitor. And if the typical whistleblower is a hero or a telltale. The information is very similar. Which we can expect depends on that the information has not been remediated very far from its original source. What sets the portraits apart is the perspective and who and what Edward Snowden is shown in the opposite to. For example, in the news articles, Snowden is always talked about in reference to the government, and how he betrayed the loyalty of the government and his oaths. While in the rest of the media forms, produced by and representing the public, he is presented as the hero who took the integrity of the public and his own beliefs in his own hands and stood up against the government. Both sides can in substance prove their point, it is all about the perspective and whose side the audience and the authors are on. 

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