Keeping the myth of the British Empire alive: combining a multi-semiotic analysis of two BBC travel documentaries with audience research
Castaldi, J. 2022. Keeping the myth of the British Empire alive: combining a multi-semiotic analysis of two BBC travel documentaries with audience research.
Recently there has been a more critical assessment of the role of the British Empire and of the ways it conducted its business in various parts of the world (e.g. Anderson, 2005; Elkins, 2005; Tharoor, 2016; Wiener, 2008). The compensation received by a group of 33 former members of Eoka from the British Government in an out-of-court settlement last year, for human rights abuses during the Greek Cypriot struggle for independence, reflected this at an institutional level. Media coverage of this and similar disputes have contributed to an increased awareness amongst the public of some of the crimes committed during the years of the empire by the British occupying forces. Despite this, recent national opinion polls (YouGov, 2014, 2016, 2019) suggest that the history of the British Empire is still seen in a favourable way by a significant part of the population.
|Keywords||Multimodality; Travel documentaries; Audience research; British Empire|
|Conference||4th International Conference on Semiotics and Visual Communication|
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|Deposited||05 Oct 2022|
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