Latest publications | Politics, populism and the media

Latest publications from the Reframing Russia team have engaged directly with some of the controversial questions dominating public discussion:  What role do multiplatform media play in arguably increasingly populist times? And what should journalists be doing about it?

In ‘What to do about social media? Politics, populism and journalism’, (Journalism, 20:1 (2018), pp. 173-176), Dr Rhys Crilley and Prof Gillespie discuss the challenges that unregulated social media pose to contemporary journalism, including through the ways they have accrued power without responsibility, and how they fit into a fundamentally altered organsational and economic model of journalism. Dr Crilley and Prof Gillespie go on to suggest a range of measures that state actors and journalists can take in response.

In ‘Populism and contemporary global media: populist communication logics and the co-construction of transnational identities’ (Chapter 4 in Populism and World Politics edited by David MacDonald, Dirk Nabers and Frank Stengel, Palgrave Macmillan, 2019) Dr Precious Chatterje-Doody and Dr Rhys Crilley discuss the role of media in the communication of populist messages. Crucially, they argue, media don’t act as an empty vessel for populist politicians to convey their ideas. Rather, in the complex global media environment, particular messages are co-created by a variety of actors, commenting audiences and by the circulation logics of media platforms themselves. These transnational processes are crucial for understanding how a variety of different political and media actors interact with their audiences.

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