The Curving Mirror of Time: approaches to culture theory 2 by Halliki Harro-Loit & Katrin Kello

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Such stories would be selected for publication because of their ‘significance to society’ (this is how news theory would classify them). , either announced by a politician or expert, witnesses at the public meetings or people expressing their ideas about history in opinion articles. In order to capture how much opinion about the past or history is the main frame of an article we created a special category called “statement”. As monuments and memorials increasingly provoke discussions we created a special category for news content that creates a relation between monuments and collective memory.

Paul’s (present Ropka-Tamme) graveyard, for the first time last year on 14 June. This stone was not there yet then. People came for the second time this spring to commemorate the deportation of 25 March 1949. On Wednesday people were again here for the third time. “We will keep coming here for as long as we are able to remember,” Tõnn Sarv promised. The same promises were given by other speakers who recalled the times of injustice and spoke about the wrongful system which, indeed, cannot bring about anything other than suffering.

Notwithstanding, the empirical research shows that these are significant news factors concerning articles that actualise the past. For this study we also introduced a category that generates input to the discourse of the interpretation of the past: fiction (speculation and imagination concerning the past). This category includes all kinds of books and writings 44 Temporality and commemoration in Estonian dailies Figure 8. Six news factors in past-related stories in two Estonian dailies, 1989, 1994 and 2009 Percentage of sampled stories for selected year.

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