Centre for Research in Communication and Culture

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11 October 2017

IAS Lecture: Is Media Populism a trusted servant to Political Populism?

Presented By Professor Gianpietro Mazzoleni, University of Milan

About this event

Mainstream media tend to respond primarily to industrial imperatives. That prompts news outlets, especially television, to treat political issues, events and figures in ways that privilege the sensational, the controversial, the emotional, and to search entertaining elements in the news stories to lure audiences. This populism has been considered as conducive to political populism. The media, mostly unintentionally but often intentionally, raise popular sentiments and create climates of opinion that can easily tune in to antipolitic, anti-elite, xenophobic rhetorics that are used by populist forces. To what extent is this is true and what are the implications for democracy?

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