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Title: Meaning in the Media
Subtitle: Discourse, Controversy and Debate
Written By: Alan Durant
Description:

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.

Publication Year: 2010
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
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Linguistic Field(s): Discourse Analysis
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