Avoidance in contemporary Australian political interviews

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Title Avoidance in contemporary Australian political interviews
Author Ubayasiri, Kasun
Journal Name Ejournalist
Editor Alan Knight
Year Published 2011
Place of publication Australia
Publisher Central Queensland University
Abstract Political interviews in the theatre of television, a form of turn-taking dialogue, is not simply an exchange of information in the form of utterances, but a theatrical process, where impressions are formed through not only what is said, but what is not said and how things are said. The paper focuses on three instances where politicians in the contemporary Australian media landscape attempt to change the conversation trajectory, violating norms of turn-taking dialogue, which result in the theatrical elements taking precedence over the interview content. The examples focus on three distinct attempts to avoid answering a simple yet damaging political question, where in the absence of a meaningful dialogue, both the journalists and the politicians resort to projecting their respective messages through interview theatrics as opposed to content. The study argues that both journalist and politicians are aware of the audience, the ultimate arbitrators of the voracity of the information presented in the interview.
Peer Reviewed Yes
Published Yes
Publisher URI http://ejournalist.com.au/v11n2/Ubayasiri.pdf
Volume 11
Issue Number 2
Page from 149
Page to 173
ISSN 1444-741X
Date Accessioned 2012-02-27; 2012-05-08T23:25:44Z
Research Centre Key Centre for Ethics, Law, Justice and Governance
Faculty Arts, Education and Law
Subject Journalism Studies
URI http://hdl.handle.net/10072/44947
Publication Type Journal Articles (Refereed Article)
Publication Type Code c1

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