Graduation Year

2005

Document Type

Thesis

Degree

M.A.

Degree Granting Department

Mass Communications

Major Professor

Dr. Kenneth Killebrew.

Keywords

Print media, South America, Piqueteros, Social protests, Foreign debt, Recession

Abstract

During the years 2000-2002, the Republic of Argentina experienced one of the most, if not the most, devastating social/political/economic crisis ever seen. President Fernando de la Rua, elected in 1999, was forced to resign on December 20th, 2001, after several months of protests, public demonstrations, and a colossal economic recession. During the crisis, the media played a vital role, they told people not only what issues to think about but also what to think about them. This study analyzed the newspapers role during the crisis using the Agenda-Setting Theory as the research foundation.

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