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Between display and deliberation: analyzing TV news as communicative architecture

Cottle, Simon ORCID: and Rai, Mugdha 2006. Between display and deliberation: analyzing TV news as communicative architecture. Media Culture Society 28 (2) , pp. 163-189. 10.1177/0163443706061680

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Television journalism serves to display and deliberate consent and conflict in the contemporary world and it does so through a distinctive ‘communicative architecture’ structured in terms of a repertoire of ‘communicative frames’. This proves consequential for the public expression and engagement of views and voices, issues and identities, and exhibits a complexity that has so far remained unexplored and under-theorized. This article outlines our conceptualization of ‘communicative frames’ and demonstrates its relevance in a systematic, comparative international analysis of terrestrial and satellite, public service and commercial television news produced and/or circulated in six different countries: the USA, UK, Australia, India, Singapore and South Africa. Recent developments in social theory, political theory and journalism studies all underpin our approach to how these frames contribute to meaningful public deliberation and understanding and, potentially, to processes of mediatized ‘democratic deepening’. This article builds on these contemporary theoretical trajectories and develops a new approach for the empirical exploration and re-theorization of the fas -developing international ecology of TV journalism.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Journalism, Media and Culture
Subjects: P Language and Literature > PN Literature (General) > PN1990 Broadcasting
Uncontrolled Keywords: Communicative architecture; deliberative democracy; democratic deepening; display; news ecology; TV journalism
Additional Information: Also published in Comunicação e Sociedade, 15: 43 - 63.
Publisher: SAGE Publications
ISSN: 1460-3675
Last Modified: 20 Oct 2022 08:48

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