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"Grab a pen and paper" Interaction v. interactivity in a political radio phone-in
Joanna Thornborrow1; Richard Fitzgerald2
Source PublicationJournal of Language and Politics

In this paper we analyse the discursive frameworks for interaction in a UK political radio phone-in between 2001 and 2010, and the implications of those frameworks for public engagement with politicians. The BBC Radio 4 phone-in program Election Call, broadcast in the run-up to a general election, has experimented with 'new' interactive technology (TV simulcast, web broadcasting and e-mail) in its attempt to provide listeners with the opportunity to engage with politicians and political parties live on air. By 2010 however, the program had returned to the original old' media format of telephone interaction only Building on previous research in the discourse of radio phone-in broadcasts (Hutchby 1996; Thornborrow 2001a, 2001b, 2002; Hester & Fitzgerald 1999; Fitzgerald & Housley 2002; Thornborrow & Fitzgerald 2002), our analysis focuses on the empirical implementation of the 2010 shift in editorial policy which explicitly invited callers to engage with issues rather than just giving opinions. We will argue that while interactivity may broaden access to democratic debate, it is through live interaction that callers are best able to challenge politicians and hold them to account.

KeywordElection Call Radio Phone-in Interaction Interactivity Media Discourse E-maü Political Discourse Public Engagement
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WOS Research AreaLinguistics
WOS SubjectLinguistics ; Language & Linguistics
WOS IDWOS:000319331600001
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Document TypeJournal article
Corresponding AuthorJoanna Thornborrow; Richard Fitzgerald
Affiliation1.Université de Bretagne Occidentale
2.University of Queensland
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Joanna Thornborrow,Richard Fitzgerald. "Grab a pen and paper" Interaction v. interactivity in a political radio phone-in[J]. Journal of Language and Politics,2013,12(1):1-28.
APA Joanna Thornborrow,&Richard Fitzgerald.(2013)."Grab a pen and paper" Interaction v. interactivity in a political radio phone-in.Journal of Language and Politics,12(1),1-28.
MLA Joanna Thornborrow,et al.""Grab a pen and paper" Interaction v. interactivity in a political radio phone-in".Journal of Language and Politics 12.1(2013):1-28.
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