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Completely Different or Versions of the Same?: A comparison of mainstream media (MSM) and immigration-critical alternative media (ICAM) in Sweden
Linnaeus University, Faculty of Arts and Humanities, Department of Media and Journalism.ORCID iD: 0000-0003-2017-1117
2017 (English)In: The 67th Annual Conference of the International Communication Association: Communication Research and Practice, San Diego, 25-29 May, 2017, International communication association (ICA) , 2017Conference paper, Published paper (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

In Sweden, as in many other european countries, alternative media with immigration-critical profiles have managed to establish themselves as new players in the media landscape in a way that challenges mainstream media (MSM) because their message is that MSM, seen as an integrated part of the political system, conceal or distort information that does not fit the “politically correct” agenda and/or that media discourse is constrained due to taboos upheld by journalists, especially in relation to anything related to immigration. Research on these immigration-critical alternative media (ICAM) is scarce and this paper presents results of a comparative quantitative content analysis, where articles from the most important ICAM is compared to articles from MSM. Through this comparison it is possible to characterize ICAM through the key points where they differ from MSM. The results suggest that they have a much narrower scope of topics (mainly politics, social issues, crime, war and conflicts) compared to MSM. They are also characterized by a much more negative tonality and critical perspective. Furthermore, the relationship between ICAM and MSM is studied through an analysis of how often ICAM refers and links to content in MSM. Over sixty precent of the ICAM articles contained references to MSM, suggesting a relationship of dependence, rather than just one of opposition. The results are discussed in relation to notions of filter bubbles, echo-chambers and cyberbalkanization.

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International communication association (ICA) , 2017.
Keyword [en]
media distrust, media skepticism, alternative media
National Category
Media Studies
Research subject
Media Studies and Journalism
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URN: urn:nbn:se:lnu:diva-65225OAI: oai:DiVA.org:lnu-65225DiVA: diva2:1108865
Conference
67th Annual ICA conference INTERVENTIONS: Communication research and practice, San Diego, 25-29 May, 2017
Projects
Immigration critical alternative media and public discourse. Comparing Sweden, France and Germany
Note

Ej belagd 170627

Available from: 2017-06-13 Created: 2017-06-13 Last updated: 2017-06-28Bibliographically approved

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