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Voicing “Sexy Text”: Heteroglossia and Erasure in TV News Representations of Detroit’s Text Message Scandal

Lauren Squires

in Digital Discourse

Published in print October 2011 | ISBN: 9780199795437
Published online January 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780199919321 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199795437.003.0001

Series: Oxford Studies in Sociolinguistics

Voicing “Sexy Text”: Heteroglossia and Erasure in TV News Representations of Detroit’s Text Message Scandal

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This chapter presents a case study examining the metadiscursive representation of politicians' text messages within television news broadcasts. The analysis shows that from the multimodal media context of TV news and the inconsistent erasure of some features of the texts, heteroglossic representations emerge of individual text messages and text messaging. It discusses this heteroglossia as it relates to ideologies of standard language, adulthood, and youth.

Keywords: text messaging; television news; heteroglossia; ideology; metadiscourse; multimodality; orthography; politics; standard language

Chapter.  7500 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Sociolinguistics

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