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LIP Event: New Directions in Mediated Political Communication

Date: 29 November 2012 Time: 5.30-6.30 pm

Venue: Fylde Lecture Theatre 3

Kay Richardson
Kay Richardson

Kay Richardson* (University of Liverpool)

New Directions in Mediated Political Communication

The study of mediated political communication has quite rightly had a strong focus on journalism and current affairs, with a key issue being that of where the power lies - with the state authority of the politicians or the cultural power of the media. More recently, attention has turned to the relations between politics and entertainment media, as well as to the interface between online/social media with traditional mass media. Westminster MP Nadine Dorries' venture into the Australian jungle for I'm A Celebrity Get Me Out Of Here is a recent and controversial example of how audiences encounter politicians in media genres 'beyond the news'. Whilst Celebrity is clearly entertainment-led, with politics well in the background, to the point of invisibility, there are other formats where civic values are at least as important as those of entertainment. This talk will focus on trends in British mediated politics, with specific reference to the discursive features of Channel 4's late-night show, 10 Oclock Live.

* Kay Richardson is a Professor in the Department of Communication and Media at the University of Liverpool. She did a BA in English and American studies, majoring in Linguistics, at the University of East Anglia, and has an MA and a PhD in English Language Studies from the University of Birmingham. Her most recent publication is concerned with the British political culture and media genres, but has also written recently about the sociolinguistics of television drama dialogue. She is also the author of a book about the negotiation of health risks online, called Internet Discourse and Health Debates, published by Palgrave and co-author, with Ulrike Meinhof, of Worlds in Common? published by Routledge. Her research interests are at the intersection of language studies and media studies. She teaches courses on the uses of language in society. She is currently on the advisory board of the journal Text and Talk.

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