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Local And National News Narratives Pentad 2


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This is a brief overview of local versus national coverage of a Tom Delay. Developed from an NCA Conference paper

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Local And National News Narratives Pentad 2

  1. 1. Local and National News Narratives:Difference at the Pentadic Ratio Level Wade Harmon Student Paper National Communication Association 2007 Communication Theory Lecture Gangnon 17.11.2009
  2. 2. Basic Reminder: 5 Key Terms <ul><li>Act </li></ul><ul><li>Scene </li></ul><ul><li>Agent </li></ul><ul><li>Agency </li></ul><ul><li>Purpose </li></ul>
  3. 3. 20 Possible Terms/Ratios <ul><li>Scene Act </li></ul><ul><li>Scene Agent </li></ul><ul><li>Scene Agency </li></ul><ul><li>Scene Purpose </li></ul><ul><li>Act Scene </li></ul><ul><li>Act Agent </li></ul><ul><li>Act Agency </li></ul><ul><li>Act Purpose </li></ul>
  4. 4. Connection Back to Last Lecture <ul><li>Each term can be the anchor or a secondary term </li></ul><ul><ul><li>4 relationships per term as anchor </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>4 relationships per term as secondary </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Scene-Act does not equal Act-Scene </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Agent-Agency does not equal Agency-Agent </li></ul></ul></ul>
  5. 5. Tom Delay <ul><li>Powerful Member of the US Congress </li></ul><ul><li>Republican (President Bush’s Party) </li></ul><ul><li>Results: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>National: Agent-Purpose </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>H e causes the problem by his motives </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Local: Agent: Act </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>D emonstrate ‘normal’ human behavior </li></ul></ul></ul>
  6. 6. More on Delay <ul><li>Local: Scene-Agent </li></ul><ul><ul><li>S cene controls the actions </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Avoiding Scapegoating? </li></ul></ul><ul><li>National: Agent-Scene </li></ul><ul><ul><li>T he Agent (Delay) controls the scene </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Scapegoating </li></ul></ul>
  7. 7. 2004 Presidential Election <ul><li>Agent-Act (most important overall) </li></ul><ul><ul><li>National: power to influence events </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Local: identification through personality </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Scene-Agent </li></ul><ul><ul><li>National: how will the person act in context </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Local: Less present </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Agency most important in local coverage (Personality) </li></ul></ul></ul>