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Caprarescu accuses CIA and SRI of assassinating Trayvon Martin[edit]

Interesting read[edit]

Fascinating article if anyone is interested.[1]

One of the biggest news stories of 2012, the killing of Trayvon Martin, nearly disappeared from public view, initially receiving only cursory local news coverage. But the story gained attention and controversy over Martin’s death dominated headlines, airwaves, and Twitter for months, thanks to a savvy publicist working on behalf of the victim’s parents and a series of campaigns off–line and online. Using the theories of networked gatekeeping and networked framing, we map out the vast media ecosystem using quantitative data about the content generated around the Trayvon Martin story in both off–line and online media, as well as measures of engagement with the story, to trace the interrelations among mainstream media, nonprofessional and social media, and their audiences. We consider the attention and link economies among the collected media sources in order to understand who was influential when, finding that broadcast media is still important as an amplifier and gatekeeper, but that it is susceptible to media activists working through participatory or nonprofessional media to co–create the news and influence the framing of major controversies. (emphasis by me)

Any thoughts on this statistical analysis - should we cover this? Haven't seen any mainstream pick up on this yet, only tech oriented blogs and sites so far. [2] [3]-- Isaidnoway (talk) 21:53, 14 February 2014 (UTC)

It should be included in the Media Portrayals section. The investigators concluded from their anlaysis that
"On 25 March, Dan Linehan, lead author of the Wagist blog, asserted that Trayvon was a drug dealer [32]. This reframing of the shooting victim was then amplified by a number of right wing blogs. The frame gained even greater momentum when the Miami Herald reported that Martin had been suspended from school for marijuana residue in a baggie in his possession [33], seen prominently in our ‘marijuana’ sub–graph in Figure 8.
Although there was no solid evidence to support the Wagist’s claim that Martin was a drug dealer, the narrative was effective in that it ended up being echoed by those in the mainstream media, if only to report that there was no credible evidence that the claim was accurate. In terms of total mentions, there were more stories mentioning Trayvon and “marijuana,” or Trayvon and “drug dealer,” in mainstream sources than in conservative blogs, suggesting that this strategy of introducing a possible framing worked, at least as determined by volume of mentions of the frame. Research has shown that restating a myth in order to negate it can actually produce familiarity and thereby help further propagate the misinformation (Johnson and Seifert, 1994; Skurnik, et al., 2005; Weaver, et al., 2007). This thread of the narrative would even continue into Zimmerman’s court case a year later with his lawyers releasing photos of Martin smoking marijuana, retrieved from Martin’s phone, and seeking to introduce the photos as evidence in court (which was denied) [34]."
This is evidence that the portrayals of Martin in alternative media, such as conservative blogs, influenced how the mainstream news media covered the Martin shooting, a point that has been a source of controversy in the recent editing of this article. Dezastru (talk) 22:19, 14 February 2014 (UTC)
I couldn't agree with you more - on both points you raise. However, it's only fair to point out that the liberal media was just as guilty at influencing this story as well, which is highlighted in that article too. Ryan Julison, Natalie Jackson, Benjamin Crump, Al Sharpton/MSNBC all played a significant role in influencing this story, and NBC shamefully edited a tape that caused a shitstorm and CNN drove audiences nuts with analyzing that tape over and over trying to figure out if Zimmerman said coon or cold or whatever.
I can't tell you if it's fair or not the way the conservative blogs/media went after Martin, but I do know that in this day and age if you have an active social media presence online via tweets, texts, Facebook, blogs, posts or any other of the zillion social outlets, you are leaving behind a digital footprint that can and will be analyzed and parsed into little sound bites that may not accurately reflect who you really are. I would daresay that if the mainstream news outlets had investigated and vetted this story out a little bit beforehand, instead of relying on a press release from a publicist, we would have never heard of Zimmerman or Martin.-- Isaidnoway (talk) 02:29, 15 February 2014 (UTC)
This is not really a matter of "guilt" or "fairness". If the article is going to discuss media coverage of the case, it should not ignore the impact that alternative media had on mainstream media coverage. There is already a mention in the Media Coverage section of some of the influence that Ryan Julison and Natalie Jackson had in expanding the exposure of the case in the media. Sharpton's role is also mentioned in a few places (although more as a civil rights activist than a media figure). Also, I don't think it is fair to say that the only reason the case attracted national attention was that some misleading information was reported early on. There were a number of important issues of national significance involved in the case that would have potentially warranted discussion by a national audience (but that's a larger discussion that really isn't appropriate for this Talk page).
What text are you proposing to add to the article based on this new source? Dezastru (talk) 21:47, 16 February 2014 (UTC)
That really is a very good article, especially since it is from a peer-reviewed, academic journal. A summary of what it says should be included in this article. Cla68 (talk) 05:31, 17 February 2014 (UTC)

At this time, I have no specific proposal for any addition of the material. I was merely looking for other editor's opinions about this article, but feel free to propose or edit what you think would be useful and NPOV.-- Isaidnoway (talk) 16:16, 20 February 2014 (UTC)

Link to Martin in the lead.[edit]

Please may someone place a link to Trayvon Martin in the lead? This could be done in the first or second sentence. To access the article from this article, one has to scroll down past the lead to the section on Martin. I think having a link in the lead could be helpful (it certainly would have been for me when I accessed this article). 131.111.185.66 (talk) 01:08, 1 March 2014 (UTC)

Yes check.svg Done Dwpaul Talk 01:32, 1 March 2014 (UTC)

Trayvon's true personality[edit]


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