Communication, Populism, and the Crisis of Democracy Symposium | Friday, March 2, 2018
Within this context, The Politics of Contention symposium seeks to bring together scholars from Europe and America to consider populism and its relationship to contemporary communication ecology.Play
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(1) How has growing polarization and fragmentation in the media ecology, as reflected in partisan media, broadcast content, political advertising and social media, contributed to ideological and partisan political divides?
(2) Under what conditions does the flow of information in the media ecology encourage citizens across the ideological spectrum to retrench into increasingly homogeneous sub- clusters that amplify highly partisan messages of party leaders and political pundits?
This conference was among the first to bring together leading international scholars in communication, political science, sociology, and history to address the role changing digital media systems play in driving the global wave of populism.HERNANDO ROJAS - Professor of Journalism and Mass Communication
If ever there was a time we needed to better understand the impacts of populist communications, this is it, and this conference felt like an important part of that journey.CERI HUGHES - Grad Student
The really interesting thing about your study is what kind of polarization is taking place between these different kinds of [groups] and how can we measure it?SVEN ENGESSER - PROFESSOR OF SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY COMMUNICATION AT TECHNISCHE UNIVERSITÄT DRESDEN, GERMANY
One of the great strengths you have in your data, which you possibly didn’t highlight enough – is the whole dynamic nature…JÖRG MATTHES - PROFESSOR & CHAIR OF THE DEPT OF COMMUNICATION, UNIVERSITY OF VIENNA, AUSTRIA