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"All this is a boon to Britain's crumbling democracy": meta-reporting about the TV-debates in the British General Election 2015

Schroeter, M. (2018) "All this is a boon to Britain's crumbling democracy": meta-reporting about the TV-debates in the British General Election 2015. In: Kranert, M. and Horan, G. (eds.) 'Doing Politics': discursivity, performativity and mediation in political discourse. Discourse Approaches to Politics, Society and Culture. John Benjamins, Amsterdam, pp. 361-382. ISBN 9789027201935

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This contribution deals with meta-reporting in the 2015 British election campaign. First, the concept of mediatisation and the consequences of mediatisation for political communication will be discussed more generally. Second, the concept of meta-reporting will be introduced as both symptom and consequence of an increased degree of mediatised political communication. Thirdly, based on previous findings, a qualitative analysis of newspaper reporting on the four TV debates during the 2015 election campaign exhibits various elements of meta-reporting. Meta-reporting about these media-initiated and mediatised communicative events includes (a) reporting about spin doctoring, image work and strategies for self-representation of political actors, (b) discussing the media format itself and the media actors involved in them, and (c) the effect of the TV debates on the audience and on voting behaviour. The analysis of meta-reporting about the TV debates indicates both a de-politicisation of political agency and a politicisation of media agency.

Item Type:Book or Report Section
Refereed:Yes
Divisions:Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Social Science > School of Literature and Languages > Modern Languages and European Studies > German
Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Social Science > School of Literature and Languages > English Language and Applied Linguistics
Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Social Science > Language Text and Power
ID Code:73398
Publisher:John Benjamins

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