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Title: Perceptions of television news production and consumption : 'super-themes' in the Greek media landscape at the dawn of the 21st century
Author: Goulimaris, Rigas
Awarding Body: University of Kent
Current Institution: University of Kent
Date of Award: 2010
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The thesis analyses perceptions of news in relation to everyday life as articulated by Greek news audiences and journalists. The model proposed here offers a testing and reconfiguration of an extant theoretical model ('super-themes') (Jensen, 1998b) which connects consumption of news to perceptions of everyday life. The thesis locates the schemes of perception of the Greek audience upon the axes of time, power, space and a threatened identity as they were articulated by the news audience and the newsmakers. A mixed-method approach is used primarily consisting of interviews and analysis of the news text, examining the creation of meaning as a negotiated dynamic process among news audience, news texts and newsmakers. Through thick description, the 'super-themes' of the Greek media landscape surface as underlying explanatory schemes encompassing the reception of television news. The analysis indicates that the Greek audiences perceive the news text and the news media in general as disempowering the individual and it also indicates an intention to apply critical and negotiated readings to the news texts. The 'super-themes' that surface on the basis of this research indicate that Greek news audiences and newsmakers oscillate between perceptions of an 'underdeveloped' and 'developed' self and nation which, however, is disempowered by widespread corruption. At the same time, the contributions of .. _---_._----.- - participants indicate perceptions of Greece as a small and threatened country in the periphery of Europe. The research was carried out in the aftermath of specific events that took place in 2004 and were presented as national successesl!2Jhe Greek media and the thesis analyses them as 'media events' potentially instigating changes in the self-perception of the Greeks at the dawn of the new millennium.
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Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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