Semiotic Approach to Media Language

Michael Ejstrup, Bjarne le Fevre Jakobsen

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Abstract

Semiotic analyses of media language aim for a social and cultural interpretation of a given communication. “Be clear, not obscure:” this is one
of four maxims (Grice) for optimal communication that teaches the necessity of being clear and concise. There are undoubtedly many contexts where it
is important for mutual understanding that we be clear and concise ; for
instance, instructions for electronic equipment and for household appliances.
The question is raised, however, whether semiotic brevity, clarity and concision is preferable in all contexts, and indeed, there is some evidence to the contrary. Culture and globalization means that media need to be very cognisant of the stringency with which they handle the advice to be linguistically clear and concise. The need to pay attention to situational awareness is highly visible and
intrusive, and arguably crucial for the survival of free speech.
OriginalsprogEngelsk
TidsskriftIAFOR Journal of Media, Communication & Film
Vol/bind3
Udgave nummer1
Sider (fra-til)77-89
ISSN2187-0667
DOI
StatusUdgivet - 20 jun. 2016

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