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Information and Persuasion

Studies in Linguistics, Literature, Culture, and Discourse Analysis

Edited By Maria-Ionela Neagu and Domnita Tomescu

This transdisciplinary study gathers research papers that reveal the multifarious facets of the concept of «persuasion». It is argued that regardless of its degree of intentionality, the act of persuasion underlying each information item prompts the interlocutors to cross the borders of political, historical, linguistic, narrative, psychotherapeutic, and even marketing configurations. The contributors’ contention is that political thinking and ideology-grounded linguistic patterns act as a form of social control, both informing and shaping the sense of identity of the manipulated masses and of the oppressed.

«Taking a sociolinguistic turn, this volume of interesting scholarly works addresses matters of ideological loadings in a variety of genres, contributing to the development of new research paradigms.» – Bledar Toska, University of Vlora «Ismail Qemali»

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Early empowerment and discursive agency: teenage users on the Internet (Raluca Petre)

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Raluca PetreOvidius University of Constanţa

Early empowerment and discursive agency: teenage users on the Internet

Abstract: The Internet turns out to be a site of early empowerment for teenage users. I problematize and empirically explore types of agency and the discursive practices of youth power and argue that early empowerment in a non-rational legal setting can lead to discretionary practices. The empirical investigation draws on critical discourse analysis building on a corpus of semi-structured interviews and focus-groups.

1.  Introduction

The emergence of new media of communication raises problems concerning the scope and chances of already existing ones. This was the case with the Internet, which appeared to wipe out classical media. Nevertheless, the history of mass communication shows that new media have always existed alongside already established ones, that new forms of communication complement already existing ones (Briggs and Burke 2010). At the same time, every new medium has provoked new fears, ranging from the dangerous effects that reading could have on women to the effects of screen violence on children, and Internet usage as an addictive practice or risk (Gomes-Franco-E-Silva and Sendín-Gutiérrez 2014, 45–53; Barbovschi et al. 2013). On the other hand, the Internet is seen as an open door, a means of reaching for the world by networking, sharing, and participation. The Internet has been conceptualized as a horizontal medium, which can enhance the development of a new networked society (Castells 1996)...

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