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A Textual Enactment of Cartoon and Editorial: CDA and Semiotic Analysis of Daily Dawn Coverage of 89-Year Record Shattering Rains of Karachi
Karachi, the most populous city, business hub and the only sea port city of Pakistan, is in a quagmire state of management among three different governments i.e. PTI led government at the Centre, PPP in the province and MQM at power in the city district government. The tug-of-war between all three political parties has played havoc with the city governance. This paper investigates the discursive strategy of the country’s top English newspaper Dawn on the issue of 89-year record breaking rains, which caused more than 40 causalities, besides infrastructural damages during the rains. This qualitative research is based on the Critical Discourse Analysis (CDA) on the theoretical framework of Van Dijk Media Discourse Model and Semiotic Analysis (SA) of Dawn cartoon coverage. This paper concludes that all three governments are responsible for their unpreparedness to counter the foresighted rains and the current plight of the city.
Dr. Muhammad Shabbir Sarwar
Assistant Professor, Institute of Communication Studies, University of the Punjab, Lahore, Punjab, Pakistan
Muhammad Ahsan Bhatti
Assistant Professor, Department of Communication Studies, Bahauddin Zakariya University Multan, Punjab, Pakistan
M. Phil, Media Studies, Islamia University Bahawalpur, Punjab, Pakistan