How do you pronounce biopic, synod, and Breughel? - and why? Do our cake and archaic sound the same? Where does the stress go in stalagmite? What's odd about the word epergne? As a finale, the author writes a letter to his 16-year-old self.
The volume explores how a concept of discourse can be usefully applied to the analysis of visual as well as verbal texts. Drawing on case studies from American and British media, it re-examines the relationship between discourse and ideology, demonstrating how both interrelate and contribute to media analysis.