The “Young Black Man” in the Photo: The Production of Meaning in Reader Comments from the El País Newspaper

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    • Publication Information:
      Associação Brasileira de Pesquisadores em Jornalismo, 2019.
    • Publication Date:
      2019
    • Collection:
      LCC:Communication. Mass media
      LCC:Journalism. The periodical press, etc.
    • Abstract:
      The image of a shirtless black child in Copacabana watching the New Year’s Eve fireworks, published by photographer Lucas Landau on his Facebook page, was a focus of controversy across social media and produced a number of different interpretations about both the photograph and the boy in it. The Brazilian edition of the Spanish newspaper El País produced two texts on the subject, both of which brought about varying comments from Facebook users. Using the French discourse analysis as a basis, this article analyzes interpretations expressed about the texts published in El País. The goal was to understand social perceptions of the current conception of childhood by analyzing the reactions conveyed in the comments. Our research showed us that the kid’s individuality goes undisclosed and he becomes a platform for sociopolitical discussions. This is quite common in journalism and how it represents contemporary childhood: the role of children as active social actors is disregarded, and they are simply portrayed as being in need of protection. A imagem publicada pelo fotógrafo Lucas Landau em sua página no Facebook, mostrando um menino negro, sem camisa, vendo a queima de fogos no réveillon de Copacabana, causou polêmica nas redes sociais, com diferentes interpretações sobre a fotografia e a criança retratada. O jornal espanhol El País, em sua versão brasileira, produziu dois textos sobre o assunto, os quais, por sua vez, também geraram vários comentários de usuários da rede Facebook, no perfil da publicação. Por meio da análise do discurso de linha francesa, este artigo analisa essas manifestações, que exprimem a recepção dos textos do El País. O objetivo foi compreender as percepções sociais da concepção contemporânea de infância, por meio das reações dos comentadores. Pelo estudo, percebe-se que o garoto tem sua individualidade suprimida e se torna “palco” para discussões sociopolíticas. Isso reflete o que se tem visto de forma geral nas representações da infância no jornalismo: o papel das crianças como atores sociais ativos é ignorado, e elas são mostradas somente como seres tutelados. La imagen publicada por el fotógrafo Lucas Landau en su página del Facebook, mostrando a un niño negro, sin camisa, viendo la quema de fuegos en el año nuevo, en Copacabana, causó polémica en las redes sociales, con diferentes interpretaciones sobre la fotografía y el niño retratado. El diario español El País, en su versión brasileña, produjo dos textos sobre el tema, los cuales, a su vez, también generaron varios comentarios de usuarios de la red Facebook, en el perfil de la publicación. Este artículo hace un análisis de esas manifestaciones, que expresan la recepción de los textos de El País, por medio del análisis del discurso de línea francesa. El objetivo fue comprender percepciones sociales de la concepción contemporánea de la infancia, por medio de las reacciones de los comentaristas. Por medio del estudio, se percibe que el chico tiene su individualidad suprimida y se convierte en “escenario” para discusiones sociopolíticas. Esto refleja lo que se ha visto de forma general en las representaciones de la infancia contemporánea en el periodismo: el papel de los niños como actores sociales activos es ignorado, y ellas son mostradas sólo como seres tutelados.
    • File Description:
      electronic resource
    • ISSN:
      1808-4079
      1981-9854
    • Relation:
      https://bjr.sbpjor.org.br/bjr/article/view/1149; https://doaj.org/toc/1808-4079; https://doaj.org/toc/1981-9854
    • Accession Number:
      10.25200/BJR.v15n1.2019.1149
    • Rights:
      Journal Licence: CC BY-NC-ND
    • Accession Number:
      edsdoj.13bbaebf1f81441d9cca676593197280
  • Citations
    • ABNT:
      THAÍS FURTADO; JULIANA DORETTO. The “Young Black Man” in the Photo: The Production of Meaning in Reader Comments from the El País Newspaper. Brazilian Journalism Research, [s. l.], n. 1, p. 148, 2019. Disponível em: . Acesso em: 20 jun. 2019.
    • AMA:
      Thaís Furtado, Juliana Doretto. The “Young Black Man” in the Photo: The Production of Meaning in Reader Comments from the El País Newspaper. Brazilian Journalism Research. 2019;(1):148. doi:10.25200/BJR.v15n1.2019.1149.
    • APA:
      Thaís Furtado, & Juliana Doretto. (2019). The “Young Black Man” in the Photo: The Production of Meaning in Reader Comments from the El País Newspaper. Brazilian Journalism Research, (1), 148. https://doi.org/10.25200/BJR.v15n1.2019.1149
    • Chicago/Turabian: Author-Date:
      Thaís Furtado, and Juliana Doretto. 2019. “The ‘Young Black Man’ in the Photo: The Production of Meaning in Reader Comments from the El País Newspaper.” Brazilian Journalism Research, no. 1: 148. doi:10.25200/BJR.v15n1.2019.1149.
    • Harvard:
      Thaís Furtado and Juliana Doretto (2019) ‘The “Young Black Man” in the Photo: The Production of Meaning in Reader Comments from the El País Newspaper’, Brazilian Journalism Research, (1), p. 148. doi: 10.25200/BJR.v15n1.2019.1149.
    • Harvard: Australian:
      Thaís Furtado & Juliana Doretto 2019, ‘The “Young Black Man” in the Photo: The Production of Meaning in Reader Comments from the El País Newspaper’, Brazilian Journalism Research, no. 1, p. 148, viewed 20 June 2019, .
    • MLA:
      Thaís Furtado, and Juliana Doretto. “The ‘Young Black Man’ in the Photo: The Production of Meaning in Reader Comments from the El País Newspaper.” Brazilian Journalism Research, no. 1, 2019, p. 148. EBSCOhost, doi:10.25200/BJR.v15n1.2019.1149.
    • Chicago/Turabian: Humanities:
      Thaís Furtado, and Juliana Doretto. “The ‘Young Black Man’ in the Photo: The Production of Meaning in Reader Comments from the El País Newspaper.” Brazilian Journalism Research, no. 1 (2019): 148. doi:10.25200/BJR.v15n1.2019.1149.
    • Vancouver/ICMJE:
      Thaís Furtado, Juliana Doretto. The “Young Black Man” in the Photo: The Production of Meaning in Reader Comments from the El País Newspaper. Brazilian Journalism Research [Internet]. 2019 [cited 2019 Jun 20];(1):148. Available from: http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=edsdoj&AN=edsdoj.13bbaebf1f81441d9cca676593197280&custid=s8280428