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Manipulating information and manipulating : examples from the 2004 Portuguese Parliamentary celebration of the April revolution

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posted on 04.11.2014, 15:20 by Michael Billig, Cristina Marinho
Recently there has been interest in examining how language is involved in the phenomenon of 'manipulation'. This paper suggests that investigators, rather than treating 'manipulation' as an entity, should examine how communicators might engage in discursive acts of manipulating. To this end a distinction is made between manipulating information and manipulating people. Examples of both types, taken from the Portuguese Parliamentary Celebration of the April Revolution of 2004, are examined in depth to show how acts of manipulating can be performed in different ways. By focussing on acts, we show that supposed 'cognitive control' over the audience's minds is not necessarily involved in manipulating; it is shown how investigators can provide evidence that manipulators act 'knowingly' when they mislead. We argue that the study of manipulating, and the distinction between manipulating information and people, provides a critical approach to the topic of political oratory. © 2013 Taylor & Francis.

History

School

  • Social Sciences

Department

  • Communication, Media, Social and Policy Studies

Published in

Critical Discourse Studies

Volume

11

Issue

2

Pages

158 - 174

Citation

BILLIG, M. and MARINHO, C., 2014. Manipulating information and manipulating : examples from the 2004 Portuguese Parliamentary celebration of the April revolution. Critical Discourse Studies, 11 (2), pp. 158 - 174.

Publisher

© Taylor & Francis

Version

AM (Accepted Manuscript)

Publisher statement

This work is made available according to the conditions of the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 International (CC BY-NC-ND 4.0) licence. Full details of this licence are available at: https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/4.0/

Publication date

2014

Notes

This is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published by Taylor & Francis in Critical Discourse Studies on 30 October 2015, available online: http://wwww.tandfonline.com/10.1080/17405904.2013.852982

ISSN

1740-5904

eISSN

1740-5912

Language

en