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DOI: 10.18413/2313-8912-2019-5-4-0-2

The image of Russia in the US media (on the example of American TV comedies)

    The article considers TV series as a way to build the image of Russia in the US media. The author analyzes the features of the series, their ability to influence the viewer, and also highlights the features of comedy series. With the development of the Internet and television culture, a large number of new TV series appear, and their popularity increases. This determines the relevance of the study; the author considers the series as a platform for building the image of the state and its representatives. The article presents an analysis of communicative situations containing linguistic and cognitive means of creating the image of Russia, which were selected from the modern TV series such as “The Big Bang Theory”, “Champions”, “Fuller House”, “Modern Family” and “Brooklyn Nine-Nine”. Selected language fragments appeared in comedy series filmed between 2012 and 2018. All selected communicative situations are divided into three main groups: the image of space technology, the image of the president and the image of the Russians. The image of the president and the image of the Russians are represented by a small number of examples, and the largest group was the image of space technology, however, this is due to the plot of the series. In conclusion, the author says that the study of the American TV series as a platform for actualizing the image of Russia is a completely logical trend in modern linguistics, given that the most popular broadcast channels of this genre are the Internet and television.

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