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Surveillance discourse in UK broadcasting since the Snowden revelations


Lischka, Juliane A (2015). Surveillance discourse in UK broadcasting since the Snowden revelations. Discussion Paper 12/2015, University of Zurich.

Abstract

The surveillance discourse in British broadcast news since the Snowden revelations covers justifications and challenges. Justification focuses on authorisation and rationalisation strategies stating terror threats explicitly, which are often expressed by governmental actors. Delegitimation strategies predominantly use moralising and mythopoetic arguments of civil liberties and are expressed by Snowden himself, politicians, rarely by journalists, non-governmental organisations, and very rarely by citizens. However, what exactly is at stake when mass surveillance increases remains obscure in the broadcast discourse. The surveillance discourse should be richer especially in order to give the audience a chance to understand the less concrete contra-surveillance arguments better.

The surveillance discourse in British broadcast news since the Snowden revelations covers justifications and challenges. Justification focuses on authorisation and rationalisation strategies stating terror threats explicitly, which are often expressed by governmental actors. Delegitimation strategies predominantly use moralising and mythopoetic arguments of civil liberties and are expressed by Snowden himself, politicians, rarely by journalists, non-governmental organisations, and very rarely by citizens. However, what exactly is at stake when mass surveillance increases remains obscure in the broadcast discourse. The surveillance discourse should be richer especially in order to give the audience a chance to understand the less concrete contra-surveillance arguments better.

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Item Type:Working Paper
Communities & Collections:06 Faculty of Arts > Institute of Mass Communication and Media Research
Dewey Decimal Classification:700 Arts
Language:English
Date:11 December 2015
Deposited On:18 Dec 2015 15:15
Last Modified:28 Jun 2016 08:44
Series Name:Discussion Paper
Free access at:Official URL. An embargo period may apply.
Official URL:http://www.dcssproject.net/files/2015/12/DCSS_Broadcasting-report.pdf
Permanent URL: https://doi.org/10.5167/uzh-116575

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