Revista Latina

Referees' reports - 2010

Media representations of social networks: a case study


The article is publishable without modifications.

Research linked to media representations or discourse analysis should always be of interest for a publication like the Latino Journal of Social Communication (RLCS). Now, it is ideal to offer new approaches. This article stands out due the approach made by the author to address a theoretical reflection from an integral perspective which is quite unusual in the research published on this topic within the field of social communication. I also consider that the focus in the context of “social networks” gives the study an extra perspective for those who consider this topic as a study area.

Through Algirdas Julien Greimas’s model, Roberto Franzosi's approach, and Teun A. van Dijk’s approach to discourse analysis, the author analyses the messages created with certain parameters that in turn generate new interpretations of the models of communication. The research shows the interest in new methodological approaches that will strengthen research in the area. The author focused his work on newspapers from Aragon (El Heraldo de Aragón and El Periódico de Aragón) and specifically in the media representations of social networks as a case study; however, it would be more interesting if future studies include a larger sample, additional cases, and comparative analyses. In other words, the article is a starting point of great interest for the field of knowledge.

I believe that the publication of a research paper with these characteristics in the RLCS will promote interest in similar work and will make the journal a reference for other researchers working in this context. The approach used by the author guarantees and makes relevant the theoretical framework. The specific cases, the schemes included, the results raised, the conclusions drawn, and the literature clearly prove the benefits of publishing the article.– Dr. Víctor Manuel Pérez Martínez - Saint George University.

El article develops an analysis of the media representation of the social networks in two printed newspapers of regional coverage.

The contextualization and actuality of the subject grab the interest of the researcher-reader from the very start.

The work contributes an interesting study on the subject, which is solid and methodologically based on models of discourse analysis like Greimas’s and Van Dijk’s, and Franzosi's distinctive approach to narrative analysis.

It is a well structured, written, and developed text of great interest in its field of knowledge.

It offers relevant findings on the ways traditional media (the printed press to be more precise) face the new communicative realities that emerged out of the technological developments (in this case, the social networks).

For all of this, I recommend the article’s publication in the journal.– Dra. Cristina González Oñate y Dr. Carlos Fanjul Peyro - University Jaume I, UJI - Castellón.  

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