Linda: No, I never watch the news, never!Lorna: I can’t ask him to turn it over ‘cos he likes it, so I go in the kitchen till it’s finished.

(Cited in Hobson 1980, pp. 109, 111).


I have devoted most of my argument to the news ‘text’ as it appears on the TV screen or in the newspaper. There are several good reasons for this. First, texts are the way most of us normally encounter the news. There is a lot you can do to understand the role of news in society by taking some of the systematic concepts I have described and prizing open news texts with their aid. Second, most of the work from which I have drawn my analysis is concerned with the text. The growing areas of semiotics and communication studies developed largely ...

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