Tonality of Showing Russian Position in English Speaking Mass Media during Sanction Period
L. E. Khrustova (),
E. A. Fedorova () and
F. Yu. Fedorov ()
Outlines of global transformations: politics, economics, law, 2020
Highly charged political environment, which is peculiar to the current stage of international relationsÂ development, is accompanied by an extensive media war. The problem of showing Russia onÂ the negative side in international press wasÂ known and discussed since early 2000-s. Russian-Ukrainian conflict which started atÂ the end of 2013 â€“ beginning of 2014 provokedÂ foreign mass media to make a point of Russia and enhance the quantity of adverse statements towards the country. It seems that theÂ aim of foreign mass media is to form an antagonistic image of Russia among the audience. The research under discussion is devoted to the problem ofÂ the sentiment of showingÂ Russia in English speaking mass media underÂ the influence of Russia sanctions. News textsÂ for period from 2012 till 2018 were analyzed. The whole period was divided into several stages: the firstÂ stage is connected with period before sanctions; the others reflect different phases of restrictionsâ€™ imposition.Â The authors suggested that foreign mass media is inclined to show Russia on the negative side irrespective ofÂ the contents of political situationÂ during the sanctions period. To approve thisÂ statement a detailed text analysis was provided to find out the following indicators: the total quantity of news, connected with Russia,Â in the stated period; the quantity of positiveÂ and negative words. It was found out that theÂ sanctions imposition provoked the increaseÂ of total Russia media hits, but the increase ofÂ negative words was higher than the increaseÂ of positive words. Reviewing the contest ofÂ news from the perspective of correlation between the words showed that Russia-Ukrainian conflictÂ theme lost its significance, but theÂ total level of enmity in news text remainedÂ the same and even has the tendency of increasing in line with the other political events.
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