Political economy, communications discourse and media policy : the case of online news commenting in Nigeria

Apejoye, A ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-7187-7403 and Simpson, S ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0003-1814-4224 2022, 'Political economy, communications discourse and media policy : the case of online news commenting in Nigeria' , Journal of Digital Media & Policy .

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Abstract

This article provides a contribution to knowledge on the growth of online news commenting in Nigeria. Specifically, it accounts for factors which influence the character of the often fractious online discursive behaviour in evidence and what communication policy understandings might be developed from this. The article innovates by deploying a combined political economy-communication policy approach with two purposes in mind. First, drawing inspiration from the criticality of political economy, it shows how the 'representational' role of online news media set the context for the nature of the discourse in evidence premised on the long-established assertion that media content is not value-free but shaped by ideological positions. Second, underpinned by a recently re-surfaced argument espousing the value of a combined utilisation of the critical and administrative approaches to communication research, the article puts forward a set of policy-related findings for media change in a Nigerian polity often characterised by significant societal disquiet.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: The definitive, peer reviewed and edited version of this article is published in Journal of Digital Media & Policy https://doi.org/10.1386/jdmp_00102_1
Schools: Schools > School of Arts & Media > Arts, Media and Communication Research Centre
Journal or Publication Title: Journal of Digital Media & Policy
Publisher: Intellect
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Depositing User: Prof Seamus Simpson
Date Deposited: 08 Mar 2022 08:40
Last Modified: 17 Aug 2022 09:01
URI: http://usir.salford.ac.uk/id/eprint/63334

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