The Enemy Within: Analysis of a Hypothetical Globe and Mail Story The Globe and Mail published a serious front-page article about a group of Canadians who “live among us” but who belong to the secret sect that practices religious rituals that might harm children. These people are hard to identify as they speak perfect English and seem friendly. Yet, they are dangerous. The task: Describe the rumours that start among Canadians about these mysterious people. With reference to a Globe and Mail story about a group of Canadians who “live among us” but who belong to a dangerous religious sect, understanding the rumours that start among Canadians about these “mysterious people” requires that we situate this group – and the rumours – in a larger...The end:
.....his one are suicidal. I wouldn’t be surprised if they try to poison the water supply. They need to grow, and they are probably abducting children to brainwash into joining their sect. Given the Globe and Mail’s status as Canada’s preeminent newspaper, it is likely this story will be a trigger for politicians to “jump on the bandwagon” of popular sentiment. Political pressure will then prompt police and legal surveillance of these “mysterious people” and their practices. In this way, rumours can build into self-perpetuating narratives that shape social, political and cultural action. Bibliography See, Scott. `“An Unprecedented Influx”: Nativism and Irish Famine Immigration to Canada.’ American Review of Canadian Studies. 30.4(2000): 429-442.