It's online, it's news: appropriation of viral narratives by the digital press

  • Ana Martins Universidade do Algarve - CIAC
  • Olivia Novoa Fernández Universidade do Algarve -CIAC
  • Ignacio Aguaded
  • Mirian Tavares

Abstract

At the border between information and entertainment, memes and newsgames aresome of the news formats that, made viral in social networks, complement the informational experience and compete with the traditional news media in constructing alternative readings of the real. If in the light of Bakhtine (apud Ponte, 2004) journalism can be understood as a secondary discursive genre that feeds on primary genres, how to understand the circulation of these discourses produced from journalistic events in social networks? On the other hand, how are these narratives appropriated by the media? What functions do they play in media discourse? In this article we present some examples of products created from events of political impact for than register, by the analysis of a set of news stories, how the digital press, in the Iberian context, make use of them. The purpose of this article is to contribute to the reflection on how the information media relate to these new narratives. 

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Published
2019-09-10
Section
Marginalized Narratives - Special Issue