Paradoxical populism: how PEGIDA relates to mainstream and alternative media

Faculty/Professorship: Communication Studies  
Author(s): Haller, André; Holt, Kristoffer
Title of the Journal: Information, communication & society : ICS ; an international journal for the Information Age
ISSN: 1468-4462
Publisher Information: London [u.a.] : Routledge
Year of publication: 2018
Issue: Published online: 14 Mar 2018
Pages: 16
Language(s): English
DOI: 10.1080/1369118X.2018.1449882
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.
Keywords: Populismus, Politische Kommunikation, Populist Communication, Facebook
Peer Reviewed: Ja
International Distribution: Ja
Type: Article
Year of publication: 16. March 2018