Sharing Populist Narratives across Media Spaces

Bauvois, G. (Speaker: Presenter), Pyrhönen, N. (Speaker: Presenter)

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News events travel across globe at an intensifying pace to the extent that the distinction between local events and global developments is rapidly becoming blurred. Controversial issues, in particular, become domesticated not only as talking points by the gatekeepers of mainstream media but also get harnessed to advance particular political agendas by the ‘countermedia’. Often the nation-specific interpretations of journalistic content on scandals and controversies originating far away give way to
nationalistic reappropriations. When this happens, the major divergence in how these public stories are narrated no longer based on the national context, but rather who are relating the stories. With regard to the populist reframing of news events, in particular, there are striking transnational similarities in the story telling practices among countermedia outlets. In this public colloquium organized by the CEREN research center, we illustrate
these hybrid media dynamics that spread politicized narratives
transnationally, from mainstreamed scandals, such as the “Shithole countries” controversy to absurd fake news with a cult following, such as #pizzagate.

Speakers: Gwenaëlle Bauvois, University lecturer. CEREN
Niko Pyrhönen, post-doctoral researcher. CEREN

The Centre for Research on Ethnic Relations and Nationalism (CEREN) at the Swedish School of Social Sciences carries out research on a broad range of topics in the field of ethnic relations, nationalism and international migration.
Period27 Feb 2018
Event typeSeminar
LocationHelsinki, Finland
Degree of RecognitionNational