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Politics and populism across modes and media


Edited By Ruth Breeze and Ana María Fernández Vallejo

The relationship between politics and digital media is currently a focus of intense interest: the symbiosis between the two spheres is such that political activity is now almost inseparable from media communication. However, the implications of this development are not fully understood. Digital media are a powerful tool in the hands of mainstream parties, but also make it easier than ever before for the public to express their reactions, or for new actors to enter the political arena. This volume explores the intersection between politics and new media, which involves crucial ideals, values and aspirations, such as informed democracy, citizens’ empowerment and social debate, but also negative aspects like manipulation and polarization.

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Notes on Contributors

Notes on Contributors


MARIA CRISTINA AIEZZA is Post-Doctoral Research Fellow and Lecturer in English Language and Translation at the University of Sannio, Benevento, Department of Law, Economics, Management and Quantitative Methods. She holds a PhD in English for Specific Purposes from the University of Naples Federico II, with a corpus-assisted study on the discourse of sustainability reports in emerging and industrialised countries. Her research interests include institutional and corporate discourse, legal discourse, political discourse, popularisation, news media discourse, advertising, user-generated discourse, web genres and social media. Her recent works have analysed the genre of online promotional coupons, TripAdvisor customer-generated reviews, the management of Volkswagen corporate scandal, marketing and political messages over Twitter, the UK and EU discourse on Brexit, media discourses about President Trump’s policies, environmental discourse and online petitionary discourse. She is currently conducting a research project on “Institutional and corporate communication and new media”, which investigates promotional discourse and image management in the web 2.0 era.

MIGUEL AYERBE LINARES studied German Philology at the Universities of Seville and Cologne. He has a PhD on Germanic historical and comparative Linguistics. He is currently teaching at the University of the Basque Country / Euskal Herriko Unibertsitatea in Vitoria-Gasteiz, Spain. His research interests are Old Germanic linguistics and literatures, lexical issues in translation from Old German, and Discourse Analysis, focusing on the discourse of populist parties as well as the language used by other political parties talking about populism and populist parties in German speaking countries. He has also analysed the use...

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