Zurück zur Übersicht

La controverse avant le film : quelle politique pour Good Night, And Good Luck ?

Publikationsart Peer-reviewed
Publikationsform Originalbeitrag (peer-reviewed)
Publikationsdatum 2013
Autor/in Gonzalez Philippe,
Projekt A l'épreuve du scandale. Figures de la singularité et régimes de visibilité dans l'espace public contemporain
Alle Daten anzeigen

Originalbeitrag (peer-reviewed)

Zeitschrift Bulletin suisse de linguistique appliquée
Volume (Issue) 98
Seite(n) 39 - 59
Titel der Proceedings Bulletin suisse de linguistique appliquée

Open Access

OA-Form Repositorium (Green Open Access)


This article aims to explain how newspapers commented on the movie Good Night, and Good Luck before its release. The media coverage anticipated George Clooney’s film as a partisan attack launched against George W. Bush’s policy since 9/11. Clooney advocates another reading: the historic confrontation between journalist Edward Murrow and Senator Joseph McCarty permits to reflect on the crucial role that the media play for democracy. Such reflection tries to prevent the dividing of the public sphere into antagonistic camps opposing “friends” to “foes,” a division that undermines the possibility of a true pluralism. Our socio-semiotic analysis will focus on the critical work accomplished by the media, and on the way that work determines the collective meaning of a cultural object. Simultaneously, we will discuss the necessary conditions for pluralism in a public sphere.