Our top articles from 2018

2nd January 2019

As we welcome in the New Year, we are also taking the opportunity to look back over the last 12months at CAMRI. It has been a busy year for us here, with new researched published on everything from the Propaganda Model, to mapping, to activism and more. Below we round up the 5 most read articles during the last year. Make sure you stay subscribed to keep up with all of the news from 2019.


Propaganda and social control in the 21st Century: an interview with the editors of The Propaganda Model Today.

As the dissemination of fake news and media manipulation against transformative forces continue to expand, a volume edited by Joan Pedro-Carañana, Daniel Broudy and Jeffery Klaehn celebrates the 30th anniversary of the publication Manufacturing Consent: The Political Economy of the Mass Media, a benchmark book on propaganda and misinformation written by Edward S. Herman and Noam Chomsky….

Digital Media, Psychoanalysis and the Subject

This is the first-ever special issue of a media and communication journal that addresses questions of subjectivity, digital media and the Internet with a focus on psychoanalytic theory. The contributing authors seek to reassess and reinvigorate psychoanalytic thinking in media and communication studies. They undertake this reassessment with a particular focus on the question of what psychoanalytic concepts, theories and modes of inquiry can contribute to the study of contemporary digital media….

How The Frankfurt School Helps Us To Understand Donald Trump’s Twitter Populism

Christian Fuchs’ new study “Donald Trump: A Critical Theory- and Political Economy-Perspective on Economic Power, State Power and Ideological Power in the Age of Authoritarian Capitalism” analyses economic, political and ideological dimensions of Donald Trump’s power. The study is based on Frankfurt School critical theory and works by some of its representatives such as Theodor W. Adorno, Franz Neumann and Erich Fromm. The piece published here shows how aspects of Frankfurt School theory allow us to understand Trump’s Twitter populism….

Memes, not her health, could cost Hillary Clinton the US presidential race

Over the past days, despite appearing unwell in public, neither Hillary Clinton nor her press office were able to confirm that she was suffering from pneumonia – that was until she fainted publically at a 9/11 memorial service. Due to this lack of communication, social media speculation filled the void. The price of not speaking openly to the digital crowds was the emergence of memes across the internet….

Ferments in the Field: Introductory Reflections on the Past, Present and Future of Communication Studies

Journal of Communication (JoC) published its special issue “Ferment in the Field” in 1983 (vol. 33, no. 3). Thirty-five years later there still is a great interest in discussing the origins, current state, and prospects of our field. This special issue titled Ferments in the Field: The Past, Present and Future of Communication Studies presents 20 articles, plus this introduction, with the intention to assess the field and provoke discussions about the status of communication studies. This introductory article provides an overview of the contributions and discusses major trends in communication studies that have shaped the field since the original “ferment” issue ….

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