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The neo-fascist discourse and its normalisation through mediation

Cammaerts, Bart (2020) The neo-fascist discourse and its normalisation through mediation. Journal of Multicultural Discourses. ISSN 1744-7143

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Identification Number: 10.1080/17447143.2020.1743296

Abstract

In this article, I set out to deconstruct the main nodal points of the neo-fascist discourse, using a multi-cultural political discourse analysis of Trump and Modi. Subsequently, mechanisms of the normalisation of the neo- fascist discourse will be discussed. I will argue that mediation plays a pivotal role in this process, which implicates both traditional as well as social media. Central to the normalisation of neo-fascism is a politics of provocation and a deep-rooted cultivation of victimhood. Whereas media and neo fascist politics often operate in an antagonistic relationship, neo-fascists create drama, emotion and consternation, which works well in the context of the current business model of media. Likewise, social media also profit from the self-mediation practices of neo-fascism. Using radical democratic theory and normative media and communication theory, I argue that journalists and social media companies have a moral duty to combat neo-fascism and its normalisation.

Item Type: Article
Official URL: https://www.tandfonline.com/toc/rmmd20/current
Additional Information: © 2020 Informa UK Limited, trading as Taylor & Francis Group
Divisions: Media and Communications
Subjects: J Political Science > JC Political theory
H Social Sciences > HM Sociology
Date Deposited: 19 Mar 2020 14:09
Last Modified: 31 Jul 2020 07:42
URI: http://eprints.lse.ac.uk/id/eprint/103791

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