The Unifying Aspects of Cultures


Media and cultural aspects of civil society

Orlanda Obad (Jutarnji list) / Goran Goldberger (Zagreb)
Who Is To Blame? An Analysis of the Representation of Responsibility/Guilt in Croatian Print Media

Individual responsibility is one of the core values of the notion of civil society. Croatia experienced a long communist and socialist rule that enforced collective identity and a shorter democratic period that only recently introduced the concept of the individual. In such a context, Croatian public sphere and, within it, Croatian media became subject to a hybrid concept of responsibility/guilt.

This article attempts to discover several competing concepts of the representation of responsibility/guilt. It analyzes how various economic, political, war-related, legal and ethical issues are discussed in the five national daily newspapers - Jutarnji list, Novi list, Slobodna Dalmacija, Vecernji list, and Vjesnik. In order to discover the underlying meanings that are salient in the media text, the research will be conducted within the framework of qualitative framing analysis.