Media representation of digital-free tourism: a critical discourse analysis

Li, Jing, Pearce, Philip L., and Low, David (2018) Media representation of digital-free tourism: a critical discourse analysis. Tourism Management, 69. pp. 317-329.

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Digital-free tourism (DFT) describes tourism spaces where internet and mobile signals are either absent or digital technology usage is controlled. By employing critical discourse analysis of over 450 media texts produced between 2009 and 2017, the study reported the conceptual understanding of DFT, the ways the media representation has changed over time and explored the broad social context and debates in which the concept is embedded. By reading and reviewing the texts, unsupervised (automatic) Leximancer analysis, and manual coding, a shift in the representation of the concept was established. Initially framed simply as a reaction to the pressures of abundant connectivity in the years 2009–2015, recently the possibility for human flourishing, well-being and an enhanced lifestyle have emerged. Holiday making in a digital-free environment is intimately linked to the ways individuals can manage their contemporary relationships and experiences rather than be controlled by the technologies others have created.

Item ID: 55307
Item Type: Article (Research - C1)
ISSN: 1879-3193
Keywords: Digital-free tourism, ICT (information and communication technology), Media discourse, Critical discourse analysis, (Dis)connectivity, Relationships
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Copyright Information: Crown Copyright © 2018 Published by Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.
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A version of this publication was included as Chapter 2 of the following PhD thesis: Li, Jing (2019) No signal here: self-development and optimal experience from digital-free tourism. PhD thesis, James Cook University, which is available Open Access in ResearchOnline@JCU. Please see the Related URLs for access.

Date Deposited: 05 Sep 2018 09:31
FoR Codes: 35 COMMERCE, MANAGEMENT, TOURISM AND SERVICES > 3508 Tourism > 350806 Tourist behaviour and visitor experience @ 50%
40 ENGINEERING > 4006 Communications engineering > 400699 Communications engineering not elsewhere classified @ 50%
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