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Silence as a Metaphor in the Polish Radio Reportages during the COVID-19 Pandemic

Published Online: 15 Nov 2021
Volume & Issue: Volume 20 (2021) - Issue 1 (November 2021)
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Journal Details
License
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2066-7779
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04 Jun 2014
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2 times per year
Languages
English
Abstract

Silence became one of the important aspects of the lockdown during the COVID-19 pandemic. This article discusses how this social experience was presented in radio reportages, for which silence is not only a topic but also an element of the construction of the message. The reports of the Polish Radio, produced in lockdown conditions, document silence in a double perspective: the transformation of the broadcast sphere of large metropolises and the private sound space of the characters. Silence, as a phonic phenomenon, functions as a universal metaphor for fear, threat, “curse of isolation,” but also hope. Experiencing silence goes beyond the individual feeling thanks to a metaphoric line through which the recorded stories gain a universal context. The analysis of audible materials shows the mechanism of the constitution of these meanings, as well as selected media functions of silence as a tool for modelling content and managing the recipients’ attention.

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