The Outrage of Networks: Social Media and Contemporary Authoritarian Populism

Democratic Communiqué

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Title The Outrage of Networks: Social Media and Contemporary Authoritarian Populism
Creator Hrynyshyn, Derek
Subject Social Media;Alt-Right;Authoritarian Populism;Trump

Description Until the last few years, the vast majority of theorizing about the politicalimplications of online social networking capacities tended to assume thatnew communications media would empower progressive forces against theundemocratic tendencies in industrialized countries. However, the electionof Donald Trump, the electoral success of similar political movements inother capitalist democracies, and the rise to prominence of the so-called‘alt-right’ in numerous online spaces constitute a development thatrequires re-examination of much of the common wisdom about socialmedia and politics. This essay explores why earlier optimistic theorycannot explain why reactionary ideas have been so politically successful inthe world of social media.
Publisher Union for Democratic Communications
Date 2019-04-04
Type info:eu-repo/semantics/article

Format application/pdf
Source Democratic Communiqué; Vol 28, No 1 (2019): Democratic Communiqué; 27
Language eng
Rights Copyright (c) 2019 Derek Hrynyshyn

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