Meaning in the Media

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Meaning in the Media

By Alan Durant

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Meaning in the Media addresses the issue of how we should respond to competing claims about meaning put forward in confrontations between people or organisations in highly charged circumstances such as bitter public controversies and expensive legal disputes. Alan Durant draws attention to the pervasiveness and significance of such meaning-related disputes in the media, investigating how their 'meaning' dimension is best described and explained. Through his analysis of deception, distortion, bias, false advertising, offensiveness and other kinds of communicative behaviour that trigger interpretive disputes, Durant shows that we can understand both meaning and media better if we focus in new ways on moments in discourse when the apparently continuous flow of understanding and agreement breaks down. This lively and contemporary volume will be invaluable to students and teachers of linguistics, media studies, journalism and law.

Subject: English & College Success -> English -> Linguistics

Meaning in the Media
Discourse, Controversy and Debate
1st edition
Publisher: Cambridge University Press 3/4/10
Imprint: Cambridge University Press
Language: English

ISBN 10: 0511739400
ISBN 13: 9780511739408
Print ISBN: 9780521199582

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