Humour as a strategy for news delivery: the case of Meduza

Переведенное название: Юмор как стратегия доставки новостей: кейс "Медузы"

Результат исследований: Научные публикации в периодических изданияхстатьярецензирование


In this article, humour is viewed as a strategic resource for informing in media discourse. It is analyzed through the case of “Evening Meduza”, a Russian-language nightly newsletter, received via email or Telegram messenger. A media linguistics analysis of polycode hypermedia text is used to identify communicative linguistic means, contributing to a comic reinterpretation of news on the paratextual, intratextual and visual-illustrative level. News messages in the newsletter are created in the format of compressed “packagings” (a term borrowed from Chafe) with embedded links, following which an addressee goes to the page with source text or concomitant informational resources. Humour is analyzed in packagings as well as in whole text and paratext blocks. Humorous means are revealed in three vectors of analysis: empathy in packaging texts, paratextual focus interaction, and news visualization. The change of narrative perspectives in text packages allows the authors to shift the focus of contrast within a newspiece and create humorous content while showing empathy to readers with different presuppositional expectations. The author’s signature always includes a prepositive ironic addition (attribution) that highlights one of the issue’s news elements and forces the audience to reread the newsletter in order to understand the semantic relation. Subheadings create a comic contrast, focusing on individual parts of the reference content while preparing the reader to perceive the news of the day interconnectedly. A mandatory humorous component in the block “And – picture” was found to show the news event in a visual semiotic code using a demotivator style that expresses a pun.
Переведенное названиеЮмор как стратегия доставки новостей: кейс "Медузы"
Язык оригиналаанглийский
Номер статьи8
Страницы (с-по)105-128
Число страниц24
ЖурналEuropean Journal of Humour Research
Номер выпуска1
СостояниеОпубликовано - мар 2021

Предметные области Scopus

  • Гуманитарные науки и искусство (все)
  • Культурология
  • Связь
  • Языки и лингвистика
  • Прикладная психология
  • Языки и лингвистика

Ключевые слова

  • medialinguistics analysis; tools of humour; humour in news; paratext; polycode


Подробные сведения о темах исследования «Юмор как стратегия доставки новостей: кейс "Медузы"». Вместе они формируют уникальный семантический отпечаток (fingerprint).