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From Slump Media to Trump Media

Wednesday, October 10, 2018
12:00 pm - 1:30 pm
FIMS and Nursing Building (FNB)
Room: 4070

Presented by James Compton, as part of the FIMS Seminar Series, 2018-19.

All are welcome to attend.

This talk maps a theoretically-informed narrative history from slump media to Trump media. The global financial crisis of 2008 passed from a meltdown of finance capital to a generalized economic recession to an age of austerity. This was the immediate political/economic context in which the right-wing, nativist discourse of Donald Trump gained traction in the public sphere. News media were a crucial, constitutive but contradictory component of this conjuncture. In a provisional attempt to theorize, what I call Trump media, this paper draws on the critical legacy of the Birmingham Centre for Contemporary Cultural Studies (BCCCS), and its analysis of news media as sites of hegemonic struggle and ideological interpellation operating within the determinate constraints of a capitalist political economy.

Faculty of Information and Media Studies
Karen Kueneman

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