The Oregonian: A Portrayal of the University of Oregon

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Title: The Oregonian: A Portrayal of the University of Oregon
Author: Miller, Jessica Adele, 1967-
Abstract: The University of Oregon in the sixties was a representative of the changing attitude among young people across the country. Growing hair long, experimenting with sex and drugs, and questioning all authority was among the revolutionary actions. American youth protested decisions of the government, specifically with constant controversy over the war. Violence was all around as Martin Luther King Jr. and Robert Kennedy were both assassinated, the U.S. Army killed hundreds of civilians in South Vietnam, and black athletes were protested at the Mexico City Olympics. The once conservative and strict attitude between the Deans of Men and Women and the enrolled students, quickly transformed to a liberal and rebellious attitude. Civil rights were a hot topic and on campuses across the country, the specific issue of student rights was debated. Many Eugene, Oregon locals witnessed first-hand the protests of the students at the University. However, most other Oregonians relied on the media to relay the information and state of the University to them in an objective and factual manner. The largest state-wide newspaper, based out of Portland, was The Oregonian. Specifically studied here are The Oregonian articles reporting on the University of Oregon incidents during April of 1970 as well as a generalized study of how mass media affects public opinion. This Portland publication used loaded language and photographs to frame incidents at the University of Oregon, and thus to persuade readers across the state that the Eugene campus was a place of liberal chaos.
Description: 16 p.
Date: 2003-12-09

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