politics

neo racism and banal nationalism of the AFD

How the AFD tries to divide Germany

Article
Nathalie Schabio
13/02/2021
11 minutes to read

Germany is in a fight against racism since the second world war. However, the increasing popularity of the right party AFD is challenging the goal of achieving equality. Neo-racism and banal nationalism aggravate the political and social climate.

White Genocide conspiracy theory

The white genocide conspiracy theory

Article
Nataliia Vdovychenko
13/01/2021
14 minutes to read

The white genocide conspiracy theory refers to a spread far-right belief that white populations are gradually being replaced with non-whites. How did this theory originate and how has it gained momentum online?

image of a clustered red and clustered blue communication network with just a few connections linking the two

Capitol riots, echo chambers and democracy

Column
Lauren Zentz
13/01/2021
5 minutes to read

The problem of corporate media is not their creation of echo chambers; it is that media organizations have allowed people whose views run against democracy to gain such a large following that their lies are now seen by many as fact.

Jacinda Ardern smiling in the camera, posing with a piece of pie.

Jacinda Ardern: New Zealand's most eminent political influencer

Paper
Lea Goeron
12/01/2021
11 minutes to read

Jacinda Ardern is one of the most popular politicians worldwide thanks to her online presence. This paper focuses on how she uses social media to boost her popularity and remain relevant as a political figure in New Zealand.

The Hybrid Media System, attention economy

The Hybrid Media System, Data Voids and Junk News

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The hybrid media system is a concept introduced by communication scholar Chadwick (2017) to highlight that different types of media not only co-exist, but form a system that evolves through mutual (inter)actions among older and newer media logics. In this file we show how different actors use that system for political and other goals.

Animal Liberation Front

Eco-terrorism: going in depth on the fur industry 'blueprint'

Article
Nataliia Vdovychenko
16/11/2020
13 minutes to read

The eco-terrorism topic is somewhat taboo in contemporary media. Nowadays, radical environmentalist organizations operate mostly under the radar, distribute pamphlets, raise awareness, and work towards expanding their network.

Navalny

Navalny: the post-Novichok comeback of Russia's opposition leader

Article
Nataliia Vdovychenko
15/11/2020
19 minutes to read

Russia's opposition leader Alexei Navalny has made the headlines after being poisoned with the Soviet chemical weapon Novichok. How does one come back after a coma with the public wondering ‘What else did you expect?’.