Pragmatic Misunderstanding on Natural Disasters: A Discourse Analysis of Youtube Comments

  • Hendi Pratama Universitas Negeri Semarang


Indonesia has been the subject of natural disasters in recent times. The latest ones were earthquakes in Lombok and Palu. Those natural disasters are supposed to be understood accurately by the citizens. This kind of understanding is needed to improve the sense of disaster resilience. However, the samples taken from Youtube comments on disaster videos have shown that there are a number of inaccuracies of those natural phenomenon. These inaccuracies can be withdrawn from the pragmatic forces of the comments. Some comments containing inaccuracies have been categorized into the following types: (1) blaming the victims, (2) substantive misunderstanding, (3) discouraging victims and (4) hate speeches. Those types of comments have the potentials to lessen the citizens’ disaster resilience. This paper displays the possibility of connecting the dots between discourse analysis and disaster resilience model.


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