The Representation of the U.S.-Mexico Border in Television News: Textual Analysis on Bodies and Security Enforcement

David Gonzalez Hernandez

Resumen


This article analyzes how television news has enhanced the role of
representation of the United States-Mexico border in themes such as
immigration, theme represented in “spectacular” ways related to “warfare”.
Using textual analysis on TV reports, my aim is to show how local
television network news in the United States (NBC) and Mexico (Televisa)
construct the representation of the U.S./Mexico border through a
particular conflicting vision to account for border enforcements and
interventions on both sides and with similar visual strategies.
The analysis centers on actual “visual text” or television news reports,
which tries to demonstrates how assumptions guide the activity of local
network coverage, and how, at the same time, limits what is reported in news.
This consequently contributes to the perpetuation of a representation related
to ¨crisis¨ in the border region.

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