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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. (2017) "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. (In Press)

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Abstract/Summary

This contribution analysis 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 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 as well as 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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