New Media Language

New Media Language

New Media Language

New Media Language

Synopsis

New Media Language brings leading media figures and scholars together to debate the shifting relations between today's media and contemporary language.From newspapers and television to email, the Internet and text messaging, there are ever increasing media conduits for news. This book investigates how developments in world media have affected, and been affected by, language. Exploring a wide range of topics, from the globalization of communication to the vocabulary of terrorism and the language used in the wake of September 11, New Media Language looks at the important and wide-ranging implications of these changes. From Malcolm Gluck on wine writing, to Naomi Baron on email, the authors provide authoritative and engaging insights into the ways in which language is changing, and in turn, changes us.With a foreword by Simon Jenkins, New Media Language is essential reading for anyone with an interest in today's complex and expanding media.

Excerpt

Simon Jenkins

The media never rest. Their various modes are in perpetual circulation. Consulted, scanned and read in every country and on every continent, they are a vital means of communication in the modern world. Sometimes criticized or even abused, they are also refreshed and renewed as they accomplish multiple tasks.

Yes those who rely on the media should be aware of their changing character. They must learn to ride the tiger of these fascinating changes. More and more various modes emerge each year.

The essays in this book are a user's manual. They trace the evolution of modern media emerging in new places with new purposes. These essays span the world. They are in English, though, as some point out, English is not the inevitable language of the global future.

Yet reading these essays, I am left with a sense of awe. in this collection we read of the struggle to embrace both journalistic brevity and professional verbosity. We hear about the role of spin doctors, bureaucrats, chat-show hosts, emailers, wine writers, marriage counsellors and political cirumlocutors. We hear how people inform one another and talk to each other, via the media.

The media do more than nurture and guard diversity. They are guardians of tolerance itself.

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