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ERIC Number: ED353623
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1992-Oct
Pages: 44
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: N/A
The Rhetorical Reduction of the 13th World Festival of Youth and Students.
Van Mersbergen, Audrey
This paper examines ways in which the magnitude and critical import of the Thirteenth World Festival of Youth and Students (a week-long festival held approximately every four years, where tens of thousands of young people gather in the name of peace and friendship) was "distorted, diminished and suppressed" by coverage in the mainstream United States press. The paper first examines the history of the festival movement and how it has come to exist in its present form, and then considers the concept of historiography and the extent of its relevancy. An account of what actually took place at the festival is offered next, followed by a contrasting account of the festival as it was depicted in the mainstream press. This critique examines several national United States newspapers and periodicals, and shows how the festival was discussed in terms of peripheral elements (the North Korean political regime) and how its multifarious dimensions were transformed into homogenous and oversimplified categories. Lastly, the paper explicates the critical aspects of ideology and how ideology functions as a determinate factor in producing perspectives, particularly the perspectives of the mainstream press. A list of 56 references is attached. (SR)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: North Korea