Discourse Toolbox - Authorial Discourse

Authorial Discourse
All that I have written is "my own authorial discourse" which is

  • intended to relate to all the other discourses,
  • resist the enlistment and recruitment that I have observed in the Government discourse,
  • avoid the dangers of falling into 'conspiracy discourses' and other such distractions.

Since this is a work featuring my analysis of the discourses of others, it is interesting to try and re-frame all of the work I have done in terms of discourse, although I may not be able to see myself aas clearly as I see others.

I have also included a page of biographical information so that the reader can evaluate my position more fully:-

  1. I have used my Toolbox to analyse the government discourse (but I have generally tried to do this in normal rather than academic discourse language)
  2. I have found that the Government discourse attempts to enlist or recruit most other discourses, and also that it carefully balances the economic and green discourses
  3. The Government discourse contains important dimensions of political and new management discourses, and it operates at the international, administrative and media levels.
  4. I have also carried out a Context Analysis, and this can be seen as a summary of the discourses of all the main business and agency players. This is a diachronic cross-section of the main strands, though inevitably it is incomplete. I also provide an outline of a synchronic summary of the recent history of food production techniques.
  5. From examining the Context, there are major processes of industrialisation and globalisation in the food sector, which is perhaps only to be expected form the history of all other sectors
  6. There is little if any discourse about the industrialisation of food - it is difficult to tell if this discourse is avoided or hidden for commercial, political or psychological reasons. There are risks of falling into 'conspiracy discourses' here in any attempt to explain this.
  7. The Context has an 'air of reality', compared to the relative variability of any particular discourse - the Government could change its direction, discourse, or rhetoric tomorrow, but the context would change more slowly, as it is wider and deeper.
  8. What is real ? The food on our plate, the plants in my garden ? The outbreak of BSE ? When does this become discourse ? For example, I have stated
    "There is an industrialisation process" This is observably true - you could visit a chicken factory and see it for yourself, and examine the Government's excellent statistics to measure the progress of the factory production of chickens.
    However, "There is a globalisation process" is a discourse statement, and is less 'real' or true - it describes a paradigm shift rather than a material process.
  9. This is an example of the interplay of discourse and reality - in the last analysis, it is subjective and depends on the position and attitude taken by the commentator or analyst.
  10. There is an authorial discourse - it is difficult for me to analyse this, or to define the context in which I live, and my perspective for describing things. However one may view the authorial discourse, I have done my best to be independent and impartial in my studies of this area.
Please contact me at george@whatever-will.be if you are interested in the above

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