Thoughts on Linguistics and the Production of Newsfeeds

Nicole Martensen

Catenaccio (et al.) illuminate the importance of a linguistic analysis of the news process, rather than a product based only analysis. The authors describe news as retelling; taking the meaning from one discourse and translating into another. This directly relates to many of the big methods and concepts of applied anthropology. Regardless of the field, the anthropologist will likely have a hand in this translation process (especially the policy process).

Issues arise in studying the process, and attempting to identify the “forgotten contexts” of underlying dynamics (1846). As the authors profess: an event is shaped by situations, institutions, and social structures while at the same time it is influencing them. Therefore discourse analysis could be extremely useful.

In social media for example, the same bit of news will elicit different styles of conversations based on the sharing platform. Twitter for example, allows for a back-and-forth turn taking conversational structure, but…

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