Article published in:Analyzing Genres in Political Communication: Theory and practice
Edited by Piotr Cap and Urszula Okulska
[Discourse Approaches to Politics, Society and Culture 50] 2013
► pp. 345–377
Chapter 11. Multimodal legitimation
Looking at and listening to Obama’s ads
In this paper I look at legitimation in multimodal texts. By focusing first upon genre analysis from a social semiotic perspective, and highlighting the complications it presents for genre identification, I lay a conceptual framework for looking at the specific genre of political spot ads. Analyzing a small selection of such ads used in the 2008 American presidential campaign, I show how the legitimating features they contain, although recognizable from more traditional studies, have been strikingly and successfully adapted to a new context. Furthermore, I suggest that this reworking marks a shift in the hierarchy of legitimating tools: a shift away from the unquestioned primacy of text and talk.
Published online: 16 July 2013
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