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Paradoxical populism: how PEGIDA relates to mainstream and alternative media
University of Bamberg, Germany.ORCID iD: 0000-0001-7019-1082
Linnaeus University, Faculty of Arts and Humanities, Department of Media and Journalism. (IMS)ORCID iD: 0000-0003-2017-1117
2018 (English)In: Information, Communication and Society, ISSN 1369-118X, E-ISSN 1468-4462, p. 1-16Article in journal (Refereed) Epub ahead of print
Abstract [en]

The distrust of mainstream media expressed in the slogan ‘the liar press’ (‘Lügenpresse’) is often used as an example of a populist, anti-establishment attitude that is currently winning terrain throughout the Western world. In combination with the rise of alternative media (especially online), it poses a serious challenge for ‘old media’. But how do those who are most suspicious and critical relate to the mainstream media in their own media channels? In this article, we have compared the official Facebook pages of the PEGIDA movement in Germany and Austria, in order to describe their use of references to traditional/mainstream and alternative media. The results indicate that references to mainstream and alternative media are distributed almost equally. Furthermore, when there are references to mainstream media, they are generally of an affirmative nature. These findings are relevant for the debate about cyberbalcanization, echo chambers, filter bubbles and the impact of alternative media on public discourse.

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London: Taylor & Francis Group, 2018. p. 1-16
Keywords [en]
Populism, PEGIDA, media distrust, alternative media, media criticism, filter bubbles, immigration critical alternative media
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Media Studies
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Media Studies and Journalism
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URN: urn:nbn:se:lnu:diva-71532DOI: 10.1080/1369118X.2018.1449882OAI: oai:DiVA.org:lnu-71532DiVA, id: diva2:1190697
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Immigration critical alternative mediaAvailable from: 2018-03-15 Created: 2018-03-15 Last updated: 2018-04-10

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