Pierre-Carl Langlais

Université Sorbonne Paris IV – Gripic
Doctorant à l’université Sorbonne Paris IV (GRIPIC) en sciences de l’information et de la communication sous la direction d’Adeline Wrona. Sa thèse porte sur la rubrique boursière dans la presse quotidienne, de son émergence au xviiie siècle à sa disparition depuis une dizaine d’années. Il est vacataire pour le projet Jourdain, consacré au journalisme de donnée. En 2012, il a été désigné administrateur de la Wikipédia francophone.

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Cycnos | Volume 29.1 - 2013 | Législation et contre-pouvoirs

Entre connaissance et intérêt : la médiatisation des débats socio-économiques dans le Times du xixe siècle

In the midst of the nineteenth century, The Times exerted a significant influence on economic circles. Being the reference paper in the City, it used its wide social recognition to expose, denounce and, to some point, alter the shortcomings of London trading regulations. This article aims to investigate the material and symbolic basis of such an authority : how can an active economic operator become part of the very fabric of economic norms ? Our analysis primarily focuses on the gradual emergence of the stock exchange section. Till the beginning of the 1810s, it is little more than a raw list of security prices and exchange rates. The 1815 debate on the corn laws aroused the newspaper’s interest for economic matters. By the next decade, an entrepreneur and musical critic, Thomas Alsager, established a well-read daily compendium of trade news, Money-Market and City Intelligence. A specific financial department began to take shape within the newspaper, involving numerous narrative voices, from international correspondents to occasional informers. This socio-editorial organization had a wide symbolic impact. The extensive forgery scandal of 1840 and the following Bogle v. Lawson case contributed to transform the newspaper into a prime regulatory institution, along with the courts and the parliament. So far, the relative fuzziness of the economic section seems to have eased the affirmation of this important social role: being open to most subjective statements, The Times realized a valuable anteroom of official legislative debates.

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