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Representations of the knowledge economy - Irish newspapers' discourses on a key policy idea

Trench, Brian (2009) Representations of the knowledge economy - Irish newspapers' discourses on a key policy idea. Irish Communications Review, 11 . pp. 3-20. ISSN 0791-0010

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Over a decade, ‘knowledge economy’ and ‘knowledge society’ have become key phrases in Irish public policy. This paper explores the contestation and semantic uncertainty of ‘knowledge economy’ and ‘knowledge society’ in academic discourses, their emphatic usage in policy discourses and the ways in which media have responded to the increasing and pervasive use of these key phrases across several sectors of public life. In a detailed examination of a body of newspaper material containing references to the knowledge economy or knowledge society, it is observed that journalists are more likely to use such phrases in attribution to others than to appropriate them directly. Analysing the occurrence of selected phrases in Irish newspapers, the paper notes that media caution and (to a lesser degree) scepticism about the validity of the policy commitment to the knowledge economy grew as evidence became stronger of the emerging economic crisis. This analysis offers a view of the process of naturalisation of phrases and terms from academic and policy discourses into the media vernacular.

Item Type:Article (Published)
Uncontrolled Keywords:knowledge economy; knowledge society; policy discourses; media discourses; semantic uncertainty; newspaper stances; media vernacular;
Subjects:Business > Knowledge management
Social Sciences > Mass media
DCU Faculties and Centres:DCU Faculties and Schools > Faculty of Humanities and Social Science > School of Communications
Publisher:Dublin Institute of Technology
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Copyright Information:© 2009 Dublin Institute of Technology
Use License:This item is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-Share Alike 3.0 License. View License
ID Code:15238
Deposited On:01 Mar 2010 14:26 by Brian Trench. Last Modified 01 Mar 2010 14:27

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