THE PROCESS OF THE UKRAINIAN HIV-POSITIVE BOY ADOPTION BY ELTON JOHN IN BRITISH AND UKRAINIAN MEDIA

Roman P. Bakanov, Daria A. Bikulova

Abstract


Abstract: The study contents compositional and lexical analysis of the mass media texts, dedicated to the adoption process of the Ukrainian HIV-positive boy by Elton John in 2009. For this research we chose print media of two countries which showed the interest to this event: British The Guardian and Ukrainian Podrobnosti.ua. To make the study more comprehensive and representative, the history of the phenomenon of children adoption by homosexuals was studied thoroughly. To study the articles quantitative, content and comparative analysis methods were used. Then we compared the results which we had got. Using the received information we found similarities and differences between positions of these three mass media and understood the national peculiarities of the situation’s description based on the political situation and the author’s position. The conclusions we made were logical and predictable. First is that reaction of every periodical was fundamentally different. Second is that each of them found its own way to express its opinion using not only the text, but also the opportunities of the convergent journalism such as photos and emotional videos. Third is that the certain dynamic in the coverage of the topic was observed. Data collected during the study showed the attitude of the mass media of two countries to the children adoption by homosexuals and to children with diseases as a social phenomenon and the level of tolerance in different socities.


Keywords


Adoption by homosexuals, same-sex parents’ family, Elton John, homosexuality, homosexual orientation.

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