“The Police and the Populace”: Canadian Media’s Visual Framing of the 2010 G20 Toronto Summit

Authors

  • Aziz Douai University of Ontario Institute of Technology

DOI:

https://doi.org/10.22230/cjc.2014v39n2a2710

Keywords:

Visual communication, Frame analysis, Ideology, Globalization, New media

Abstract

The clash between the slick marketing slogans of the police and the democratic protections of political dissent was on full display throughout citizen protests during the 2010 G20 meetings in Toronto, Canada. In addition to the summit’s excessive costs and organizational lapses, the eruption of violence and questionable police tactics dominated media coverage of the summit. This research investigates the media’s visual framing of the policing of the G20 Toronto summit through an analysis of 852 news images published in several print and online media outlets in Canada. The article examines how the “visual tone” of the images, news ideology, and the news medium affect the visual framing of the anti–corporate globalization movement in communications research.

Le conflit entre les slogans mercatiques sophistiqués de la police et les garanties démocratiques de la dissidence politique a été dévoilé lors des affrontements violents entre la police et les protestants lors des réunions du G20 en 2010 à Toronto au Canada. En plus des coûts exorbitants et les faiblesses organisationnels, l’éruption de la violence accompagnée des tactiques policières qui ont été mises en question ont dominé la couverture médiatique durant le sommet. Cette étude examine le cadrage visuel du maintien de l’ordre et la sécurité par les médias au sommet du G20 à travers une analyse de 852 images d’actualité publiées dans plusieurs journaux ainsi que des médias électroniques au Canada. L’article étudie le « ton visuel » des images, idéologie des medias, et le moyen d’information médiatique affectant le cadrage visuel du mouvement d’opposition au mondialisme.

Author Biography

Aziz Douai, University of Ontario Institute of Technology

Dr. Aziz Douai is an assistant professor of communication at the University of Ontario Institute of Technology, Canada.  He received a Ph.D. in Mass Communication from the Pennsylvania State University, Pennsylvania, in addition to a M.Sc. in Advertising from Boston University, Massachusetts.  His research interests focus on new media and activism, Arab media and democracy, global media and international conflict, among other areas of international communications.  Dr. Douai’s publications have appeared in The Journal of International Communication, The Global Media Journal, The Arab Reform Bulletin, and The Westminster Papers in Communication and Culture. His latest article, entitled “Media research in the Arab world and the audience challenge: Lessons from the field,” has recently been published in The Journal of Arab & Muslim Media Research.  He can be reached at aziz.douai@uoit.ca.

Published

2014-05-25