Sms And The Electronic Media: A Discourse Analysis Of Text Messages On Radio Panel Discussions In Ghana

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ABSTRACT

Over the last two decades, linguistic studies on texting have largely

focused on person-to-person practices such that the use of text messages in other

language domains, for instance the electronic media, is largely under-researched.

To fill the gap, the present study examined the discourse of SMS messages posted

during radio panel discussions in Ghana in order to determine whether the

messages could be labelled as a special discourse type.

The study was based on a corpus of approximately five hundred (500)

messages collected within a period of three months from panel discussions of Joy

FM and Peace FM, both in Ghana. Drawing on the concept of Virtual Community

of Practice and Uses and Gratifications Theory, the study indicated that radio

panel discussion texting is typified by four basic discourse features that served not

only as shortening strategies but also as means to demonstrate the dexterity of

texters in their use of language. Further, the study showed that posting messages

on radio panel discussions is motivated by six major gratifications, prominent

among which are ideological formations and expressions of dissatisfaction about

personal, social and national issues.

First, these findings characterise texting on radio panel discussions as a

unique discourse type. Second, the findings reveal the nature of public discourse

on radio panel discussions in Ghana. Thus, these findings bear theoretical and

pedagogical implications as well as raise concerns for media practice.

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APA

SSA, R (2021). Sms And The Electronic Media: A Discourse Analysis Of Text Messages On Radio Panel Discussions In Ghana. Afribary.com: Retrieved April 11, 2021, from https://afribary.com/works/sms-and-the-electronic-media-a-discourse-analysis-of-text-messages-on-radio-panel-discussions-in-ghana

MLA 8th

Research, SSA. "Sms And The Electronic Media: A Discourse Analysis Of Text Messages On Radio Panel Discussions In Ghana" Afribary.com. Afribary.com, 07 Apr. 2021, https://afribary.com/works/sms-and-the-electronic-media-a-discourse-analysis-of-text-messages-on-radio-panel-discussions-in-ghana . Accessed 11 Apr. 2021.

MLA7

Research, SSA. "Sms And The Electronic Media: A Discourse Analysis Of Text Messages On Radio Panel Discussions In Ghana". Afribary.com, Afribary.com, 07 Apr. 2021. Web. 11 Apr. 2021. < https://afribary.com/works/sms-and-the-electronic-media-a-discourse-analysis-of-text-messages-on-radio-panel-discussions-in-ghana >.

Chicago

Research, SSA. "Sms And The Electronic Media: A Discourse Analysis Of Text Messages On Radio Panel Discussions In Ghana" Afribary.com (2021). Accessed April 11, 2021. https://afribary.com/works/sms-and-the-electronic-media-a-discourse-analysis-of-text-messages-on-radio-panel-discussions-in-ghana