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Discourse Strategies in Media Political Articles. Trustworthy or Fictional Representation of Political Icons in Broadsheets


  • Mariana TOCIA

    () („Ovidius” University of Constanta)


The present work is a case study or an analysis related to political discourse into the local written media, starting with the pragmatic theories and continuing with discourse related semiotic theories. Our approach starts from the assumption that the journalistic discourse is a power instrument, which distorts the reality, and thus, it creates an illusive media field. Our demonstration is useful as long as it stops at the study of truth and lie into written media. The two newspapers that we chose, Cuget Liber (Free Thinking) and Telegraf (Telegraph), have a different political orientation and they represent a mirror of information and general opinion regarding the events in Dobrogea area and the entire country. The pragmatic outlook allows us to see within the discourse enunciation strategies the real communicational strategies, where the discourse performance is complementary to intentional and activity related values of the speaker. Our attention focuses on meta-discourse research, as a third dimension of the journalistic language. The analysis of media articles shows that, although the political referents are real characters, most of their actions are a fictive media construction. The excessive use of metaphors in broadsheets and the exaggeration of actions related to political referents indicate the distortion of political reality by means of figuring and media theatre.

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  • Mariana TOCIA, 2011. "Discourse Strategies in Media Political Articles. Trustworthy or Fictional Representation of Political Icons in Broadsheets," Revista Romana de Jurnalism si Comunicare - Romanian Journal of Journalism and Communication, University of Bucharest, Faculty of Journalism and Communication Studies – Universitatea din Bucuresti, Facultatea de Jurnalism si Stiintele Comunicarii, issue 4, pages 5-11.
  • Handle: RePEc:foj:journl:y:2011:i:4:p:5-11

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    Analysis of political discourse; credibility; fiction; political icon;

    JEL classification:

    • L25 - Industrial Organization - - Firm Objectives, Organization, and Behavior - - - Firm Performance


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