MEDIA

ARTICLES
  • Populism, Media and Journalism
    by JULIÁN DURAZO-HERRMANN,  
    15/12/2021

    Populist practices and rhetoric are an integral part of politics in every region of the world. Populist rhetoric is ubiquitous in election campaigns and colors the policies of many governing parties, while populist forces have forced significant policy changes in many areas, from immigration to reproductive health. While there are several definitions of populism from different perspectives, many of them emphasize two concepts. First, that of a genuine and virtuous people; second, distrust of elites. The contours of the people and the identity of the elites in question vary according to context, as do the ideological positions of the proponents of populism. Populism manifests itself at several levels: public opinion may echo populist positions; mainstream and social media may carry populist discourses; political parties and movements and their leaders may be associated with populist agendas. The notion of populism is polysemous and full of empirical contradictions, not to mention the theoretical debates surrounding it. This special issue explores the complex relationship between populism, media and journalism at all these levels, separately or in combination. Several questions are addressed: How do the media cover populist parties and what role do journalists play in (de)legitimizing their ideas? How do populist discourses influence partisan competition? How does populist rhetoric, in a given context, conceive of the elites and the people?

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  • Hall of Mirrors: Media, Democratization, and the Public Sphere in Maranhão, Brazil
    by JULIÁN DURAZO-HERRMANN,  
    6/2/2018

    Freedom of expression and access to diverse sources of information are seen as critical elements of democracy, although their concretization on the ground is subject to strong interference. Recent regime change in Maranhão, one of Brazil’s poorest states, has led to the emergence of new media and some expansion of the public sphere.

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  • Comparison in Journalism, Media and Politics
    by JULIÁN DURAZO-HERRMANN,  
    1/12/2017

    To study journalism, media or politics is to study each topic individually as well as in the context of their relationships with each other and with the societies in which they operate and to which they contribute.

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