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Talk Radio, the Mainstream Press, and Public Opinion in Hong Kong$
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Francis L.F. Lee

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9789888208579

Published to Hong Kong Scholarship Online: January 2015

DOI: 10.5790/hongkong/9789888208579.001.0001

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The Life Cycle of Iconic Sound Bites1

The Life Cycle of Iconic Sound Bites1

(p.157) 7 The Life Cycle of Iconic Sound Bites1
Talk Radio, the Mainstream Press, and Public Opinion in Hong Kong

Francis L. F. Lee

Hong Kong University Press

Chapter 7 goes beyond the reporting of talk radio contents in daily news and examines what is called the life cycle of iconic sound bites in the media arena. Talk radio can be a source of prominent sound bites, such as verbal blunders made by politicians in the show. The sound bites are not only reported in news; they can also be recirculated in media and public discourses. Focusing on the case of a verbal transgression committed by the Chief Executive of the Hong Kong government in 2008, the chapter examines how a sound bite originated from talk radio was negotiated and appropriated in the media arena over time.

Keywords:   Phone-in programs, Hong Kong, Politics, Democracy, Public opinion, Radio, Free political expression, Media studies, Public Affairs, Government

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