Media and the transformation of “reality”. A critical discourse analysis of BBC Panorama’s “Slumdogs and millionaires”
Castaldi, J. 2019. Media and the transformation of “reality”. A critical discourse analysis of BBC Panorama’s “Slumdogs and millionaires”.
The role of the media as a mirror of “reality” was the translucent background against which much research and theorising in Media Studies was done since the establishment of this field and up to the 1960s (Gurevitch et al., 1982/2005: pp. 3-4). Stuart Hall (1980) and a new critical tradition, however, convincingly challenged the mirror position: he argues that the media message is negotiated through the ideological encoding of meaning on the part of the text producer and the ideological decoding of meaning on the part of the audience. The interplay between the two forms the basis for the construction of “realities”.
The paper aims to contribute to discussions in Media Studies about how reality is represented in the media by employing tools from the Critical Discourse Analysis tradition and by focusing on the interaction of audiences with media texts. At the same time, it also aims to contribute to research in Critical Discourse Studies by focusing on the genre of infotainment delivered through mass-mediated channels and by exploring its effects on an audience.
|Keywords||CDA; Infotainment; Mediation analysis|
|Conference||CCCU PGRA Conference 2019: “Transformations”|
Media and the transformation of “reality”. A Critical Discourse Analysis of BBC Panorama’s “Slumdogs and Millionaires”.pdf
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Bhaskar, R., 1998. The Possibility of Naturalism. London: Routledge.
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|Deposited||23 Sep 2020|
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