116. Name: Majid Al-Humaidi Title: A Critical Discourse Analysis of Al Ahram and Al Jazeera’s Online Coverage of Egypt’s 2011 Revolution Institution: University of Florida Country: United States Date: 2013 Language: English Abstract: Using critical discourse analysis, this study compares Al Ahram and Al Jazeera’s online coverage of the 2011 uprising in Egypt. Following Fairclough’s three-dimensional framework, the study examines how the two outlets represented the protests and the antagonists both textually and discursively from January 25, 2011, the first day of the uprising, until February 14, 2011, three days after President Hosni Mubarak stepped down. It also investigates the social and political context to relate text to context and to provide a comprehensive explanation of media discourse during the uprising. The study examines five textual and discursive practice features in order to analyze the data using a variety of tools, including lexicalization and predication, presupposition, verbal process, intertextuality, and topics. The study finds differences between Al Ahram and Al Jazeera’s coverage on both the textual and discursive level. It also finds that the two outlets had group polarization characteristics in reporting the uprisings: the in-group in Al-Ahram’s reporting was the Egyptian government and the out-group was the protesters, while the in-group in Al Jazeera’s reporting was the protesters and the out-group was the Egyptian government.
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