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2017 - Volume 1 - Number 2

Producing a Drama for the Common Good: The Theatricalization of the Crisis Discourse on Cultural Journalism

Maarit Jaakkola * * ORCID: 0000-0001-9979-6157 * ResearcherID: U-1835-2017
University of Tampere, Faculty of Communication Sciences University of Gothenburg, Nordic Information Centre for Media and Communication Research

Open Journal for Sociological Studies, 2017, 1(2), 51-64 *
Online Published Date: 15 December 2017

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KEY WORDS: crisis, theatricalization, cultural journalism, metadiscourse, public sphere.

This article examines the discourses in the coverage of cultural journalism and its alleged crisis. The economical, technological, cultural and social transformations of the 21st-century media landscape have been translated into a crisis narrative that is sustained even by the practitioners themselves. The journalistic coverage concerning cultural journalism in general-interest news outlets in the period 2010–2017 includes a variety of representations of the crisis in culture and cultural journalism in the Nordic countries. By analysing the crisis in journalistic approaches as an operative concept for debating the topic in the public sphere, the study traces the functions of the crisis discourse. In this study, they are considered by applying the Aristotelian concept of thaumaston, which reflects both the inevitability of a catastrophe and the opportunity to create a reaction. The crisis narrative thus could be productive by increasing the accountability and openness in journalism while staging a drama that promotes a pessimistic representation of the topic.

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