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Title: Infelicitous talk: Politicians’ words and the media ecology in three British political gaffes
Authors: Hutchby, Ian
First Published: 31-Jan-2017
Publisher: John Benjamins Publishing
Citation: Journal of Language and Politics, 15 (6), pp. 667 –687
Abstract: This article explores how the mediatisation of politics is evolving by analysing the different ways in which three political “gaffes” in recent British politics have been configured by the media environment. The article draws on theories suggesting that contemporary political action is enveloped by media scrutiny and the technological forms of mediation are diversified and hybridised rather than concentrated and uniform. Using case studies, the analysis examines the varying ways in which the broadcast interview can be part of a wider ecology of media technologies that afford an expanding range of discursive strategies for the negative construal of political actions.
DOI Link: 10.1075/jlp.15.6.01hut
ISSN: 1569-2159
eISSN: 1569-9862
Version: Post-print
Status: Peer-reviewed
Type: Journal Article
Rights: Copyright © 2016, John Benjamins Publishing. Deposited with reference to the publisher’s archiving policy available on the SHERPA/RoMEO website. Following publication he version associated with this record will be distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution-Non Commercial-No Derivatives License ( ), which permits use and distribution in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited, the use is non-commercial and no modifications or adaptations are made.
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