Monthly Archives: May 2008

Media analysis resources

[Entries from 2008 are imported from another blog]

I really love the book:

Allan Bell. 1991. The language of news media. Oxford, UK ; Cambridge, MA : Blackwell.

I just wish I had more time to really read it, and not scan it. It’s too detailed sometimes and presents rather common-sense facts, but I see it as a good description of the news-making process, and it perfectly arranges and conceptualises my own experience of working for the media. Just look at these elegant expressions:

“lexicon of newsworthiness” of the leads
“telegraphic syntax” of the headlines
headlines and their metaphors “stamp the newspapers individuality”

Another nice article on the media:

http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/10584600600629711

These media theories are scarily true – I recognise the same patterns in my own work, which I did before CEU.

Main concerns (fieldwork)

[Entries from 2008 are imported from another blog]

The main problems I’m having with the thesis are the following:

  • How to write critically about the people who were so helpful and wasted their precious time to help me with a totally minor paper?
  • Too few interviews, but nothing can be done about it anymore.
  • Incomplete grasp of the field. Ideally I should know the perspective of policy makers, academics, etc etc.
  • Two vectors of research: the centre of the first part is metaphor usage, whereas in the second it’s always about agency.