Stephanie Rice Research Paper

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Stephanie Rice, simple dual gold medal winner, or a Facebook flaunting fool. If you were to read only 2 articles on any given day about this 20 year old swimmer, you’ll certainly be given plenty of ammunition for both arguments. Is Rice turning into Paris Hilton or is everything that has been said about her just a big misunderstanding. Rice is definitely a talent in the pool, the media are obviously using her youthful exuberance as a way to sell papers. ‘Stephanie Rice’s wild facebook photos” from the courier mail positions readers to see Rice as an Olympic gold medal winner gone bad. Author Angela Saurine uses phrases such as ‘sexy images of Rice in a police officers uniform’ and ‘private party world of Australia’s elite…show more content…
The accompanying image focuses on her wearing the raunchy police uniform in further support of the dominant positioning. Australian masculine discourse supports notions of loyalty. Saurine’s attack on Rice’s behavior challenges her masculinity via the questioning of her loyalty to the Nation. But is this the real Rice? Definitely not, just as Tom Wald shows. ‘Glamour girl Stephanie Rice came from the clouds’ from the courier mailpositions readers to see Rice as a future Olympic champion who will one day blow the countries mind. Author Tom Wald uses phrases such as ‘Stephanie Rice’s world record’ and ‘achievements shunted the bigger names of Grant Hackett and Libby Trickett’ to reinforce the dominant positioning of Rice as a very talented swimmer as well as a respectful young girl. The accompanying image focuses on Rice winning gold at the Olympics which provides further support of the dominant positioning on Rice. An Australian masculine discourse supports notions of loyalty. Wald’s article on Rice proves her to be of great loyalty to the nation. This is a discourse that I
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