Five for Friday – media and comms words

I have in my possession the Oxford Dictionary of Media and Communication, a handy little book which I’m sad to confess I quite enjoy browsing.

So, today’s Five for Friday is a random selection of words in said dictionary.

  • Anti hero

A central character in a narrative or drama who lacks the admirable qualities of fortitude, courage, honesty and decency that are usually possessed by traditional heroes. Examples include Alex in A Clockwork Orange (novel in 1962 and film in 1971) although they are not the antagonist or villain.

Hmm, I need to work on the main character in my own novel; she’s more anti than hero at the moment and that’s not my intention.

  • Cyborg

A hybrid being, half human, half machine, a term first coined by the Austrian-American space scientist Mafred Clynes.

Makes me think of the dodgy film starring Jean Claude Van Damme, who I had a HUGE crush on when I was a teenager. Until I found out he was short.

  • Lurker

A member of a newsgroup or other online forum who reads messages but does not contribute to the discussion.

I have the feeling my mum is one of these as she checks out my Twitter page on a semi-regular basis even though she doesn’t tweet herself. Although the word could also describe the sort of mythical creature you could find in one of my mate Buchy’s novels.

  • Mockumentary

A fictionalised documentary which can be comic, satirising the convention of documentary or film making, or where the verisimilitude of the documentary brings an ironic sense of realism to the presentation.

Still none the wiser, although I do know that I hate mockumentaries. What’s the point? I watch documentaries to find out things so if it’s fake then it defeats the object. For me, anyway.

  • Tropes

Rhetorical figures of speech that can be found not only in written and spoken language but in all forms of communication. Traditionally the four masters of trope are metaphor, metonymy, synecdoche and irony. Tropes are words in senses beyond their literal meaning.

I’m still struggling to get my head around a trope, although it has offered inspiration for a new blogging project I’m working on with my three writer buddies, Buchy, Bertie and Knives (their nicknames, obviously). It’s called the Mistresses of Trope (instead of masters, as there’s four of us) charting the highs and lows of a journey towards getting our books published, learning about characterisation, plot and language along the way. It’s early days but go check us out. And if it turns out pants we’ll just call ourselves the Mistresses of Tripe.

So, this dictionary, by Daniel Chandler and Rod Munday of the University of Wales, Aberystwyth, is published by Oxford University press and contains over 2,200 entries on terms used in media and communication, and is priced at £9.99. A useful addition to my work bookshelf me thinks, what with me being a media/comms bod and all.

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  • Reply lesley heardman February 7, 2011 at 11:10 am

    I prefer lurker to the stalker that you usually call me x

  • Reply Knives February 7, 2011 at 9:22 pm

    Wow, that books sounds amaze! I love reading the dictionary – how sad we are hey? 🙂 I also lurve antiheroes – there’s something hot about slightly twisted hotties. Mmmmm

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