Social Movement Analysis

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However, McLeod (2009) stated that there is very limited discourse when it comes to the media and the two-party systems only hinders the discourse even more (p. 116). People become less aware of the happenings around them and may even have trouble identifying how they feel about issues and conflicts when they arise. They could have a point of view outside of the norm but say nothing about it because people and groups outside of the mainstream are treated as ‘deviants’ (McLeod, 2009, p. 116).
McLeod (2009) investigated transcripts of the CNN and Fox News coverage of the conflict over U.S. policy toward Iraq after the events of September 11, 2001 that lead to the war which began on March 20, 2003 (p. 117). “This conflict was chosen because it …show more content…

The first social movement theory stage, emergence, an issue is starting to appear on more people’s radar and there are comments being made about it, but no action is being taken to do anything about it yet. I will be using my friend, Jordan MacTaggart, as an example for the stages of a social movement. While he does not embody the whole movement, he makes an excellent example of what happens in each stage. When Jordan started reading articles and seeing images of what was happening to the Kurdish people in Syria, he was upset. He spoke about it with friends and family in non-strategic ways, like many of us would do. If he had stayed home and only aired his grievances about the issues, he would have remained with the other upset people, like myself, in the emergence …show more content…

9). Public opinion is the overall attitude of citizens on a given issue or question. “Many democratic theorists subscribe to the view that not only should citizens form opinions, but the government has a responsibility to respond to those opinions” (Roth, 2004, p. 9). The government has the tendency to respond to these opinions, whether the response be in favor of the public opinion or not. The definition of this theory is, “The desires, wants, and thinking of the majority of the people – or collective opinion of the people in a society or state on an issue or problem” (Public Opinion, 2016, para.

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