The elective affinity between post-truth communication and populist politics

  title={The elective affinity between post-truth communication and populist politics},
  author={Silvio R Waisbord},
  journal={Communication Research and Practice},
  pages={17 - 34}
  • S. Waisbord
  • Published 2 January 2018
  • Political Science
  • Communication Research and Practice
ABSTRACT Here I propose an ‘elective affinity’ between populism and post-truth communication. Trends in public communication, specifically the breakdown of the twentieth century mass media order and the consolidation of disaggregated mediated spheres, lay the ground for populist politics. The upsurge of populist politics is symptomatic of the consolidation of post-truth communication as a distinctive feature of contemporary politics. The kind of post-truth politics represented by populism… 
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