Explaining the blandness of popular travel journalism: narrative, cliché and the structure of meaning

Voase, Richard (2000) Explaining the blandness of popular travel journalism: narrative, cliché and the structure of meaning. In: Tourism 2000: Time for Celebration, 2-7 September 2000, Sheffield Hallam University.

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Abstract

This paper is about the language used in travel journalism. Specifically, it is about the role of cliché in the language of the mass-market televised holiday programme. An analysis of the discourse of such shows reveals that, since the tourist experience is defined in the mind and is thus individual to each viewer, the recourse to cliché is the unavoidable consequence of the need to provide a framework onto which the viewer can impress their own responses: a discourse without a story. Cliché is thus an indispensable linguistic device in popular travel journalism.

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Additional Information:This paper is about the language used in travel journalism. Specifically, it is about the role of cliché in the language of the mass-market televised holiday programme. An analysis of the discourse of such shows reveals that, since the tourist experience is defined in the mind and is thus individual to each viewer, the recourse to cliché is the unavoidable consequence of the need to provide a framework onto which the viewer can impress their own responses: a discourse without a story. Cliché is thus an indispensable linguistic device in popular travel journalism.
Keywords:cliché, discourse, ideology, narrative, travel, journalism
Subjects:P Mass Communications and Documentation > P500 Journalism
Divisions:College of Social Science > Lincoln Business School
ID Code:5545
Deposited By: Richard Voase
Deposited On:15 May 2012 06:19
Last Modified:15 May 2012 06:19

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