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Mediated Discourse Analysis

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Steve McNutt

on 27 April 2011

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Transcript of Mediated Discourse Analysis

Analysis Media 1. What’s the difference between CDA and MDA? MDA’s first question is always: “What action is being taken here?” (The “what” question.) Followed by “What’s the role of discourse in this action?” 1 Mediated Discourse Analysis is not the study of discourse but the study of “mediated action.” “MDA shares with CDA a concern for hybridity, with ways multiple ‘voices’ interact in interdiscursive dialogicality.”

CDA goes through discourse to understand action. MDA goes through action to understand discourse. Sites of engagement are more complicated than physical time and space; e.g. the Internet where the “space” shared and in question is not physical nor shared in immediate, or synchronous, time. 2. How is activity theory (the study of goals and objects) related to MDA? 3. How does integrating “social change” as a goal complicate analysis? For example: “MDA is a project to promote social change which gives yet another meaning to the slogan “discourse in action” (10). What does it mean to describe a research method as a slogan? 1. Physical spaces
2. Virtual spaces (the meeting spaces created by the interfaces)
3. Relational spaces (the “state of talk” between individuals)
4. Screen space (window layering etc. in computational screen space)
5. Third space (other spaces referred to by participants) When filmed
As referenced in the film
As represented in the film
As remixed in a moment by the remixer
As experience by the actors during filming
As compressed by the editor
As recombined by the film editors
Repeated time, in the film
Historical time, represented and recreated
Cultural time, in a moment, referenced forward Sites of engagement are mediated through “attention structures” of “built environments” and the social practices of communities and the “habitus” of individuals.

The “bifurcated” view of physical space vs. cyberspace can obscure how the two interact.

Real-time physical actions still drive online action, thus online and "real" actions aren’t truly separated; physical location in the present and future is the central driver to the conversation. Spaces aren’t separated but new ones are created and layered upon the other. Cyberspace a form of...time travel? MDA the "flux capacitor" of research? (To access layers, time signatures and other reference points.) Five types of spaces in computer mediated communication "Stronger Schools" ted Discourse What action occurs?

MDA is said to "almost always" require participation in the lives of participants; what we're providing as data is not immediately linked to a person sharing the researcher's physical space. What limitations does that create? How can we analyze the following in a way that is still multimodal and multiperspectived?

How (and what) social change is integrated into our analysis? (How might a researcher be impacted through this analysis?) http://audio.wbur.org/storage/2011/04/onpoint_0426_1.mp3 What spaces are created and how do they impact each other? How is location indexed? How is membership established? How is the topic indexed? Related: Seventeen Time
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