The Perspective of and in Viewing the Conflict between Cops, Students, and Residents at 5 March2010

Comparison between the Perspective of and

According to my analysis above, there are some identification toward the differences and similarities between the perspective of and This comparison can be caused by the context and social cultural factors that form the background of both on-line newspapers.


From both article’s analysis, there are two mainly distinction which can be seen from the diction and theme. In the article titled “Cops busted over violence by students in Makassar” by, writer use word such vandalize that has very negative connotation. This word writer use to describe the student’s action that broke some cars and public facilities. However, in the second article titled “Police Head Apologizes for Student Clashes in Makassar” by, writer use word damage for the same action. It shows the writer sympathy toward the students by use softer word. Furthermore, both articles also use different theme. The first article, put students as the most blamed side against the conflict. Writer uses much quotation that supports the violence by the students. However, in the second article, writer tries to put police as the subject who request an apology for their false in Makassar conflict. Indirectly, this shows that writer want to draw reader’s conclusion to blame the police side, not the students anymore.


Beside the differences, there is also a similarity between two articles. Each writer does not give equal portion to every participant along the text. They expose the cop’s side as the dominant player. Most of the quotation comes from the cop’s side. There is none from the students or the resident’s side. Writer only give some voice of both side from his interpretation.


After the analysis section, it can be seen that my hypothesis is proven. There are differences between and perspective in viewing the student movement in Makassar 5 March 2010. They support one side in viewing that case that shown from the diction, theme, and the sentence pattern. It also answer my question that each media has own ideology that influences by each background. As the governmental background newspaper, has the ideology to support the government side. In this case, police is taken as the government side by the writer. The newspaper tries to blame the students as the vandalism and antigovernment side. However, which is relatively new and more independent newspaper, take the opposite side by supporting the student’s movement. Although the shore up is not really obvious, it can be seen by Critical Discourse Analysis approach.


While reading newspaper, it can not only from what stated on the surface. Reader should read critically to recognize the bias, and take the neutral side as the reader. Each newspaper has own implied ideology that always infiltrated to all news published by the newspaper. Fro these reason, reader need Critical Discourse Analysis to view the news independently. For example is in viewing the case of conflict between cops, students, and residents in Makassar 5 March 2010. If reader use the Critical Discourse Analysis approach, it can be seen the hidden purpose and ideology whether certain newspaper supporting one side or the other side.


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