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Packaging social worlds: Micro- and macro-social replication in mass-mediated discourse

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Title: Packaging social worlds: Micro- and macro-social replication in mass-mediated discourse
Author(s): Hallett, Jill
Subject(s): sociolinguistics, voicing, footing, discourse analysis
Abstract: This paper provides an analysis of heteroglossic mass-mediated discourse for a National Public Radio (NPR) segment. Two Chicago teenagers covered the story of five-year-old Eric Morse, who was pushed to his death from a fourteenth-story housing project window. On a micro-discursive level, each voice represented in this segment is an amalgamated blend of lived experiences with respect to this tragedy and the events surrounding it, as well as participation in speech chains of mass-communicative, historical, and segmental natures. While presented as a documentary examining a major news event in depth through "authentic" correspondents, this segment is edited and packaged to appeal to a certain demographic. Macrosociological constructs of race, class, and social position are reflected in these highly localized discourses as these experiences are edited and "packaged" for a specific listening audience. --- Please note that a revised version of this article has been published in Text and Talk and that the file here is now restricted to UIUC users. See this page for more information: http://sls.linguistics.illinois.edu/Hallett2009.html
Issue Date: 2009
Citation Info: Studies in the Linguistic Sciences: Illinois Working Papers 2009: 58-80
Genre: Article
Type: Text
Language: English
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/2142/13860
ISSN: 0049-2388
Publication Status: published or submitted for publication
Peer Reviewed: is peer reviewed
Date Available in IDEALS: 2009-10-05
 

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