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Spelet om spelet: En diskursanalys av hur porträtteringen av dator-och tv-spel har förändrats från 1994 till 2014 i dags- och kvällspress
Umeå University, Faculty of Arts, Department of culture and media studies.
2015 (Swedish)Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesisAlternative title
The game of the game : A discourse analysis of how the portrayel of computer- and videogames has changed from 1994 to 2014 in daily- and evening papers (English)
Abstract [en]

Computer and videogames has increased rapidly over the past few decades and today a majority of the Swedish population enjoys them on a daily basis. When there are many users, it becomes important how the media chooses to portray the medium because it can affect how the society judges and looks at computer- and videogames.

The purpose of this essay is to look at how the portrayal of computer- and videogames has changed in Swedish Newspapers during the period 1994-2014. How the player is being portrayed is also relevant. The method was the discourse analysis founded by Laclau and

Mouffe and the material was chosen from the two biggest newspapers in Sweden, Dagens Nyheter and Aftonbladet. Theories that were used in the analysis were mainly framing, cultural studies, moral panics and theories based on gender.

The result shows that there has been different kinds of portrayals of computer- and videogames from the beginning, though it was mostly negative in 1994 and 2004. When games are talked about in negative contexts the main focus is the health of children and that the games power can take players into another world. The portrayal was a lot more positive in 2014 with a focus on the beneficial parts of the games as a culture. The player was from the beginning portrayed as the stereotypic male. In 2014 women is portrayed as players, though is experiencing harassments because of their gender.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2015. , 40 p.
Keyword [en]
Computer-and videogames, discourse analysis, moral panics, popular culture, gender theory
Keyword [sv]
Dator- och tv-spel, diskursanalys, moralpanik, populärkultur, genus
National Category
Media Studies Media and Communications
URN: urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-101753OAI: diva2:801947
Educational program
Bachelor Programme in Journalism
Available from: 2015-04-13 Created: 2015-04-10 Last updated: 2015-04-13Bibliographically approved

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