Media and Politics

We explore the domestic and global traditional and new media landscape at the beginning of the 21st century and their impact on mass-mediated domestic and international politics. The focus is on conditions and changes in media/communication in terms of ownership, technologies, organizational and individual imperatives as well as their impact on political power. Given the partisan/ideological polarization throughout the world, we will pay attention to neo-populism in different countries and explore the importance of traditional and social media in contentious politics and social movements. We will discuss the role of Communication in the Arab uprising and the emergence of Tea Party and Occupy Wall Street.