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European Media Platforms: Assessing Positive and Negative Externalities for European Culture

European Media Platforms: Assessing Positive and Negative Externalities for European Culture

The project aims at analyzing the role of media platforms in fostering or dismantling European identity. We will focus on the “platformization” process, as the rise of new closed web architectures, so as to inquire its positive and negative externalities, functional and dysfunctional consequences. Negative externalities include misinformation, toxic debate, exclusion of independent voices; positive externalities encompass European co-productions, or practices able to bring people out of the information bubble.

For this purpose, we will run a multidisciplinary analysis of platformization in three fields: news, video sharing, media representations, with the final goal to offer a theoretical synthesis. The research question is whether or not new platforms – YouTube, Netflix, NewsFeed – are making European culture more European, based on indicators related to production, consumption and representation. In this video, the researchers provide a first insight into the project:

Based on the findings of this project, the handbook "The Media Systems in Europe. Continuities and Discontinuities" was published under open access conditions. It was edited by Stylianos Papathanassopoulos and Andrea Miconi. Based on the famous model for analysing media systems by Hallin and Mancini ("Comparing Media Systems", 2004), the book examines the media systems of Europe in different regions: Northern, Northwestern, Eastern and Southern Europe.

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Project Description

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Project Information


Duration: 2021-2024

Research programme:
RP3 - Knowledge for the Media Society

Third party

EU Horizon 2020 No 101004488

Cooperation Partner

IULM – Libera Università di Lingue e Comunicazione Italy – Andrea Miconi (Coordinator)
NBU – New Bulgarian University Bulgaria – Dessislava Liubomirova Boshnakova
UNIMED – Unione delle Università del Mediterraneo Italy – Raniero Chelli
FUOC – Fundació per a la Universitat Oberta de Catalunya Spain – Francisco Lupiáñez Villanueva
UGent – University of Gent Belgium – Daniel Biltereyst
Bilkent – Bilkent University Bilim Kenti Turkey – Lutz Peschke
NKUA – National and Kapodistrian University Greece – Stylianos Papathanassopoulos
ISCTE – Istituto Universitário de Lisboa Portugal – Cláudia Alvares
UNIVE – Ca’ Foscari University of Venice Italy – Walter Quattrociocchi
IKED – International Organisation for Knowledge Economy and Enterprise Development Sweden – Thomas Andersson
CU – Charles University in Prague Czech Republic – Nico Carpentier

Contact person

Prof. Dr. Barbara Thomaß
Senior Researcher

Prof. Dr. Barbara Thomaß

Leibniz-Institut für Medienforschung | Hans-Bredow-Institut
Rothenbaumchaussee 36
20148 Hamburg

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