The paper is aimed at nature, manifestation and mutual relation of two contradictory trends in alternative online periodicals with opinionbased articles (i.e. articles expressing authors’ opinions). On the one hand, the persuasive function of articles, aimed at shaping readers’ opinions, changes to pretend, change or cover the substance of a topic, usually on the edge of manipulation. This effect is reached by: a) gradation of emotions and usage of stylistically marked lexemes, b) shifts in meaning behind a common or presupposed context, c) preferring occasionalisms, d) deliberate desemantization of lexemes, e) revitalisation of semantics and stylistics of lexemes moving between the centre and the periphery of the lexicon. On the other hand there are also articles containing notional, unmarked and neutral words as basic words. Their function is to strengthen informative basis of articles. In order to reach a persuasive effect, both contradictory trends support an activity of competitive and cooperative relations. Lexicon of analysed articles becomes a vehicle for collision of persuasive and informative functions – the source of genre syncretism in media communication sphere. Research corpus consists of articles belonging to the rational type of journalism, appearing in internet alternative periodicals aimed at major geopolitical conflicts and related to crisis situation or crisis communication sphere. They cover especially public events, heated events and confrontation in the context of international political communication usually with the evidence or manifestation of geopolitical power. The corpus for stylistic analysis, interpretation and generalisation includes selected Slovak alternative online and opinion based periodicals.
Hailed by some and passionately criticized by others, Baz Luhrmann’s Romeo+Juliet (1996), one of the best known cinematic adaptations of Shakespeare’s story of the “star-cross’d lovers” has appealed to the young audiences because it succeeded in intermingling the delivery of Shakespeare’s language with the modern discourse promoted by late 20th century media, particularly television and journalism. Different types of media pervade the movie from the outset to its very end: the black screen at the beginning makes room in its centre to a TV set, which moves forward into the viewer’s space, while displaying a newscaster who delivers the play’s Prologue in a monotone; in a symmetrical manner, the image of the television set appears again at the end and we see the newscaster delivering the last lines of the play. After the lines are recited, the television set gets smaller and smaller, until it fades away and the screen becomes black. The whole movie is thus embedded into a news programme; the news story is located as the one which is being witnessed by the viewer in real time.
The paper will analyze the role of the television and printed media in the unfolding of Baz Luhrmann’s Romeo+Juliet, with a view to point out its impact on the textual and visual structure of the movie.
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