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ERIC Number: ED308537
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1989-Aug
Pages: 43
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News as Drama: The Study of News Language.
Lule, Jack
Defining inquiry as a discussion, a conversation that tries to make sense of what is happening, this paper argues in favor of replacing the traditional metaphor for news--news as science--with an alternative metaphor--news as drama--in order to provide a useful vocabulary for making sense of news. Traditional metaphors that have organized research on news are reviewed and criticized for allowing news to be experienced in a limited way that encourages talk of bias, truth, fact, source, and objectivity and discourages other kinds of talk, such as theme, scene, language, meaning, genre, and convention. A research review of scholarly work in various disciplines is presented and criticized as being somewhat fragmented and marginal in attempting to illuminate discussions of news with such metaphors as news as social science, news as ritual, news as organizational product, and news as myth. However, the paper suggests that many of the insights culled from these alternative metaphors for news might be reorganized, brought together and extended through the metaphor of news as drama. (Fifty-four references are provided.) (NH)
Publication Type: Information Analyses; Opinion Papers; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
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