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Scotland 2014 and Beyond – Coming of Age and Loss of Innocence?

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Edited By Klaus Peter Müller

This book examines Scotland from a great variety of international and disciplinary perspectives, offering viewpoints from ordinary citizens as well as experts in culture, history, literature, sociology, politics, the law, and the media. The texts investigate the mental processes, dispositions, and activities that have been involved in past and present discussions about Scottish independence, freedom, equality, justice, and the creation of a fair society. Such discussions have been shaped by specific values, ideologies, class or personal interests and objectives as well as by specific ways of telling their stories. These are analysed together with the European, global, and democratic dimensions of Scotland, in order to find answers to the question how coming of age might be achieved today.
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The Media and the Referendum: Uncharted Waters, Perilous Seas?: David Hutchison (Glasgow)

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The relationship between the media and the referendum campaigns is explored in general terms and through a case study of the reporting of the White Paper on television and in the daily press north and south of the border.

This chapter will explore the challenges faced by the media in Scotland as they seek to present the referendum debate to their readers, listeners, and viewers. Inevitably the ways in which the debate is presented will be controversial, not least because of the momentous nature of the decision, but also because the leading participants are playing for very high stakes: the dissolution or the continuation of the United Kingdom. The chapter will begin by looking at the general context in which all of this is taking place, before moving on to examine the current media situation in Scotland, and then the referendum debate itself. A short case study, which examines how the publication of the Scottish government’s White Paper in November 2013 was presented in the press and on television, will form part of the discussion.

There is a serious problem of trust in Britain. Politicians have not recovered from the expenses scandal precipitated by the revelations published in the Daily Telegraph in 2009. A recent opinion poll suggested that the dominant emotion among the public is one of anger (Clark / Mason 2013). The police for their part, particularly south of the border, are viewed with some suspicion not least because of recent revelations about the...

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