Meaning in the Media: Discourse, Controversy and Debate

Meaning in the Media: Discourse, Controversy and Debate

by Alan Durant
     
 

ISBN-10: 0521199581

ISBN-13: 9780521199582

Pub. Date: 03/31/2010

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

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…  See more details below

Overview

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.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780521199582
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
03/31/2010
Pages:
268
Product dimensions:
6.10(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.70(d)

Table of Contents

Introduction 1

Pt. I Communication failure and interpretive conflict 17

1 From personal disagreement to meaning troublespot 19

2 Signs of trouble 33

3 Different kinds of meaning question 48

Pt. II Making sense of 'meaning' 65

4 Meaning and the appeal to semantics 67

5 Interpretive variation 81

6 Time-based meaning 95

Pt. III Verbal disputes and approaches to resolving them 111

7 Meaning as a knockout competition 113

8 Standards of interpretation 128

Pt. IV Analysing disputes in different fields of law and regulation 145

9 Defamation: 'reasonably capable of bearing the meaning attributed' 147

10 Advertising: 'not only what is said, but what is reasonably implied' 174

11 Offensiveness: 'If there is a meaning, it is doubtless objectionable' 199

Pt. V Conclusion 225

12 Trust in interpretation 227

References 240

Index 250

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