Far right populism: a failure of media policy?
29 March 2018
UAntwerpen, Stadscampus, de Meerminne, Aula M.005 - St-Jacobstraat 2 - 2000 Antwerpen (route: UAntwerpen, Stadscampus
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Faculty of Social Sciences
Lecture by Prof Des Freedman (Goldsmiths, University of London)
About the lecture
Far right populist politicians and movements have secured high levels of visibility in Europe and the US thanks to often compliant media outlets and unregulated digital platforms. Today, the pursuit of media coverage and the communication of rage is no longer incidental but essential to the growth of reactionary populisms.
Yet, while prominent liberal media outlets are ‘aghast’ at events such as the election of Donald Trump, the Brexit vote and the rise of parties like the AfD in Germany, little attention has been paid to the structural conditions and policy frameworks that have facilitated the circulation of clickbait and misinformation, together with the incessant coverage of their leaders, that have been exploited by far right movements.
This presentation focuses on the ‘policy failures’ that have nurtured highly skewed media environments and concludes by calling for a new policy paradigm based around redistribution that aims that to reconstruct media systems in order to undermine the appeal of populist forces on the far right.
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