Proceedings of The International Conference on Social Sciences, Humanities and Arts
How Lebanese Channels Intervene Subjectively in Displaying Demagoguery and Violent Rhetoric
Fawziya K. Tarhini, Rabih Nabhan
Lately, in the Lebanese context, several events have emerged among media channels that are, currently and diligently, working to incite competition, manufacture news, and highly attract audience’s attention so to change their perspectives in a way to serve the channels’ stakeholders own hidden agendas. Having said that, Lebanese media channels tend to choose certain events and narrate them in a way to fulfil their purpose. These ways include pragmatic mechanisms to determine what is newsworthy and what is not. This paper aims at investigating, using the Bednark and Caple’s (2012) model, how Lebanese medial channels intervene, subjectively, in displaying aggressive rhetoric during their information bulletin introduction.
Keywords: Pragmatics, presupposition, modality, deixis, newsworthiness, rhetoric, demagoguery, bullying, violent speech.