The Economist's Cambodia

whose voice? whose reality?

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    Abstract

    This paper is concerned with cultural semiotics and the clash of value systems evidenced in news reporting by “The Economist” magazine in its coverage of events in Cambodia in recent times. The central question asked is whose reality is being reported? That is, to what extent is it a Cambodian reality and to what extent is it a Western construction of a Cambodian reality? Within the paradigm of Critical Discourse Analysis, the paper considers the issue of point of view, with a specific focus on projected voice, and argues that there is ideological consistency in “The Economist's” reporting which functions, in effect, as an ideological filter.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)393-403
    Number of pages11
    JournalLACUS forum, Vol. XXX : language, thought and reality
    Volume30
    Publication statusPublished - 2004
    EventLinguistic Association of Canada and the United States Forum - Victoria, Canada
    Duration: 29 Jul 20032 Aug 2003

    Keywords

    • psychological reality
    • text analysis
    • discourse analysis
    • discourse semiotics

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