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[ecrea] Journal of Greek Media & Culture 3.1

Tue May 02 20:01:15 GMT 2017

Intellect is thrilled to announce that the new issue of Journal of Greek Media & Culture (3.1)is now available.

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Articles within this issue include (partial list):


Beware of Greeks bearing gifts: Metaphors as viruses in discourses on the Greek crisis <,id=23620/>

Authors: Matthew Gumpert

Page Start: 31

During negotiations in February 2015 over the Greek debt crisis, a German official was widely quoted referring to the latest Greek offer as a ‘Trojan horse’ designed to sabotage the latest bailout package. The recent economic debacle and the threat of a ‘Grexit’ from the eurozone produced a veritable outbreak of tropes in the classical style: Greece is Europe’s ‘Achilles heel’, its collapse a ‘modern Greek tragedy’, its prospects for recovery ‘Sisyphean’, etc. What are the effects of these classicizing clichés – all of which function, in effect, as Trojan horses – on the debate over European unity and identity, past, present and future? A closer examination of these hellenotropes suggests that they constitute important weapons or antidotes for conceptualizing and, by the same token, quarantining Greece as a form of economic, political and cultural ruin metastasizing within the European body politic. But the effort to ward off the virus of the Greek ruin only helps transmit it. What finally underlies Europe’s resentment of Greece is the anxiety produced by the metaphorical itself: the fear that Greece is either not enough or too much like Europe.

Roman-alphabeted Greek and transliteration in the digital language practices of Greek secondary school pupils on Facebook <,id=23621/>

Authors: Christopher Lees, Periklis Politis and Dimitris Koutsogiannis

Page Start: 53

This article highlights the uses of Roman-alphabeted Greek as observed in the language practices of fifteen Greek secondary school pupils on their Facebook profiles. We argue that far from the use of Latin alphabet posing a threat to the Greek language, as it is often described, Roman-alphabeted Greek merely forms part of teenagers’ digital communication exchanges. Furthermore, our data point to a clear preference for using the Greek script as opposed to the Latin. In many instances where the Latin alphabet is used, pupils, albeit with gender-related differences, use orthographic transliteration, so as to adhere to standard Greek spelling. At the same time, we draw attention to an emerging trend in alphabet choice, where other languages are transcribed using the Greek script.

Foreign correspondents in Cyprus: Universal roles and contextualized practices <,id=23622/>

Authors: Vaia Doudaki

Page Start: 73

This study on foreign correspondence in Cyprus explores the profiles and professional values of the correspondents working on the island, taking into consideration the interplay of forces operative at the level of the foreign correspondents’ professional culture, the international media environment and the specific context of the country the correspondents report from and for. The study shows that the foreign correspondents working in Cyprus largely align with their colleagues in other countries, as it concerns the self-perception of their main professional roles, values and selection criteria. At the same time, these roles, values and tasks take on certain special traits, accommodated both in the specificities of the foreign correspondent’s job and the Cypriot environment. This contextualized examination points to the complexity not only of studying but also of defining foreign correspondence in ever-changing environments and sheds some light on the ways in which news is built as a product of its time and its professional, cultural and social milieu.

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