Emma Beach

War and Imprisonment: A Discourse Analysis Exploring the Construction of Meanings and Realities Surrounding COVID-19 Within Mainstream News Media

This paper explores how the utilization of language has the capacity to construct meanings and realities. To varying degrees, mainstream news media have evidently exploited the concepts of war and imprisonment in response to the COVID-19 crisis to generate different meanings and realities of events. The terms that are associated with the themes of war and imprisonment have been studied in relation to their social and historical contexts, as well as its contemporary application to COVID-19. This paper serves to investigate the various meanings and realities that can be created as a result of the discursive styles used within mainstream news media.

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