National Identity or Cultural Opposition? News Media Discourse About Controversial High-School Curriculum Guidelines Event in Critical Discourse Analysis

Abstract

This article aims to analyse how the news media reported the Ministry of Education (MOE) implementing minor adjustments to high-school curriculum guidelines event. For example the social sciences and history textbooks, downplaying of the White Terror era, the 2/28 incident, and conceivably¬_using a China-centric focus. This trend has triggered many protests against the government by teachers, students and the masses. This article will use an interdisciplinary framework from Critical Discourse Analysis (CDA) as well as analytical tools to examine the press reportage of this event. Linguistics is another method of analytic hierarchy, construction, context, grammar, semantics and words. The print media__s use of text, headlines and discourse giving the label for press reportage, also manipulated by journalists to construct a view that best reflects their ideologies and political stances. From the analysis of newpaper schema and statistics, we found the press reportage is not random, but rather is the hidden ideology of the social activists by observing the interaction between social structures and cognition. However, this is not only includes social cognition, but also the government, news media, people's ethnic identity, national identity and history that all contribute to the construal of a linguistic ideology from the CDA (e.g. van Dijk__s Ideological Square Analysis). We argue that the social elite and the media shaped the ideologies of their readers or viewers, which is generally symbolic and persuasive and appeared in two ideologically opposed newspapers.



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Yi-Hsiu Chen, National Hsinchu University of Education, Taiwan

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Conference: MediAsia2015
Stream: Education & Scholastic Journalism

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