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Networks of Outrage: Mapping the Emergence of New Extremism in Europe

Networks of Outrage: Mapping the Emergence of New Extremism in Europe

In the past decade, Europe has witnessed the birth of many movements at the right end of the political spectrum. While PEGIDA, the Identitarian Movement and many others differ in many aspects, they share similar bottom-up web communication strategies. This project aimed at exploring the public online networks and European connections that characterize these movements of outrage.
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Project Description


In the past decade, Europe has witnessed the birth of many movements at the right end of the political spectrum. While PEGIDA, the Identitarian Movement and many others differ in many aspects, they share similar bottom-up web communication strategies. This project aimed at exploring the public online networks and European connections that characterize these movements of outrage. This was achieved by investigating their public communication on the web and in social media using a mixed-method approach, and by conducting interviews and on-site research. The results – journalistic investigations and research reports – were published online, in the newspaper and in scientific journals. Through the analysis of several online discourses of/on movements of outrage it could be shown that their opponents and supporters inform themselves using completely different sources. The people involved in movements of outrage not only discuss topics such as migration and Islam, but also talk about terrorism, crime, media and global trade. An analysis of the moderation behavior on a selection of Facebook pages showed that even unemotionally expressed criticism is often deleted, while incisive utterances are left public. The close interdisciplinary cooperation between the two project partners enabled a sustainable mutual knowledge increase. Through media work and knowledge transfer the project could reach a broad audience.

Project Information

Overview

Duration: 2016-2017

Research programme:
FP4 - Algorithmed Public Spheres

Involved persons

Dr. Cornelius Puschmann

Third party

VolkswagenStiftung ("Wissenschaft und Datenjournalismus")

Cooperation Partner

Jeanette Hofmann,
Alexander von Humboldt-Institut für Internet und Gesellschaft

Julian Ausserhofer,
Alexander von Humboldt-Institut für Internet und Gesellschaft
 
Markus Hametner
Der Standard
 
Noura Maan
Der Standard

Contact person

Dr. Cornelius Puschmann
Senior Researcher Computational Social Science

Dr. Cornelius Puschmann

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

Tel. +49 (0)40 45 02 17 55
Fax +49 (0)40 45 02 17 77

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