Politicization of migration in the countermedia style : A computational and qualitative analysis of populist discourse

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Ylä-Anttila , T , Bauvois , G & Pyrhonen , N 2019 , ' Politicization of migration in the countermedia style : A computational and qualitative analysis of populist discourse ' , Discourse, Context & Media , vol. 32 , 100326 , pp. 1-8 . https://doi.org/10.1016/j.dcm.2019.100326

Title: Politicization of migration in the countermedia style : A computational and qualitative analysis of populist discourse
Author: Ylä-Anttila, Tuukka; Bauvois, Gwenaelle; Pyrhonen, Niko
Contributor: University of Helsinki, Tampere University
University of Helsinki, Swedish School of Social Science
University of Helsinki, Swedish School of Social Science
Date: 2019-12
Language: eng
Number of pages: 8
Belongs to series: Discourse, Context & Media
ISSN: 2211-6958
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10138/306456
Abstract: Countermedia are ultrapartisan media outlets that position themselves in opposition to the mainstream media and ‘the establishment’. In this article, we analyse the countermedia style and its adoption by parliamentarians, particularly in the politicization of migration, in the case of Finland. We conduct an analysis of large datasets of text from Finnish countermedia, mainstream media and parliamentary speeches from 2015 to 2017, based on computationally comparing relative frequencies of n-grams, or word sequences, and a collaborative, inductive, and reflexive qualitative interpretation. We identify and describe the countermedia style – framing immigration-related news events through crisis and threat – in the countermedia itself as well as in Parliament, where we find that it is used predominantly by the right-wing populist Finns Party. We argue that rather than adopting the style ‘as is’, politicians employ a ‘politician’s filter’ to balance between representing ‘the people’ of populism and appearing as respectable politicians. The article highlights the importance of studying new forms of online alternative media which can be used to politicize issues in the public sphere, particularly using populist styles. Keywords: alternative media, countermedia, immigration, populism, right-wing populism, migration, online media
Subject: 518 Media and communications
5141 Sociology
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