La recontextualisation et la circulation d'insultes dans les médias

Le cas des commentaires des lecteurs sur des articles/vidéos publiés en ligne

Translated title of the contribution: Circulation aggression in the media: The case of comments on impolite events

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Abstract

The aim of this article is to make a preliminary analysis on French e-articles that report an impoliteness event in the press. In this article we focus especially on the ways the general public participates in commenting upon an impoliteness event first reported by a professional journalist. Since publishing on line has become a dominant practice for weekly magazines and newspapers, the readers are offered the possibility to comment upon the articles/videos on a discussion board that follows the text or the video. This is a fact that has considerably changed the way media discourse is being produced, spread and consumed and it reduces the distance between lay and professional news production. It appears that the general public frequently comments on the way the event is being reported by using metalanguage in order to question, for instance, the term used for the event (insult/blasphemy/invective, etc.), or the proposed interpretation of a particular speech act (pragmatic meaning). This activity gives us linguists access to the language attitudes existing in a given society. Another observation made in the preliminary phase of analysis was that articles on impolite events or reported insults are often followed by a discussion that at some point at least has a conflictual tone, i.e. the commentators insult one another. Despite the recurrent conflictual character of a large percentage of postings, the web also serves for sharing and constructing collective identities. The violence probably also serves argumentative purposes.
Original languageFrench
JournalCahiers de Praxématique
Issue number63
ISSN2111-5044
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Apr 2015
MoE publication typeA1 Journal article-refereed

Fields of Science

  • 6121 Languages
  • Verbal aggression
  • comment
  • media
  • discussion forum
  • reported speech
  • contextualisation

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