Conscientious dissident or radical eccentric? Negotiation of mediated protest images in New Zealand
It is suggested that media contribute to the adoption of norms and behavioral expectations by showing symbolic rewards and punishments for particular attitudes and behaviors. Much research has found repeated cases of slanting, trivialization and outright omission of those who deviate from the norms of an elite media and participate in political protest. Yet, little research has examined how individuals negotiate and assimilate these representations into their personal view of protest and civic participation. This research examines how focus group participants responded to images that have been suggested by previous scholars to be “positive” and “negative” images of protest.