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Politikens medialisering: En kritisk diskursanalys av fyra ledande politikers twittrande
Umeå University, Faculty of Arts, Department of culture and media studies.
2015 (Swedish)Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesisAlternative title
The Mediatization of Politics : A critical discourse analysis of four leading politicians twittering (English)
Abstract [en]

The empirical material of this study consisted of tweets by four leading politicians in Sweden: Carl Bildt of Nya Moderaterna, Annie Lööf of Centerpartiet, Åsa Romson of Miljöpartiet and Jonas Sjöstedt of Vänsterpartiet. The aim of the study was to examine how they use Twitter as a political tool and what that says of the mediatization of politics. What content did they publish, how did the content differentiate between them and what political messages and other subjects occurred in their tweets? Does the political debate become fragmented because they’re only allowed to use 140 characters on Twitter? The theoretical framework and method applied for the research was based upon critical discourse analysis (CDA), with special interest in ideology and mediatized discourse.

The result of the study showed that the content they published consisted mostly of criticism towards political opponents, rather than of independent political opinions. It also showed that the focus among the politicians was mostly on factual issues rather than on ideology. Furthermore, it showed that they use Twitter as a way of spreading information more than anything else. I argue that the political discourse that was present on Twitter among the politicians can be seen as somewhat populistic, due to the fact that they focused more on criticism towards political opponents than on independent political opinions and ideology. I argue that there are certain risks with their way of using Twitter as a political tool when political issues are brought out of their ideological context.

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2015. , 27 p.
Keyword [en]
Carl Bildt, Annie Lööf, Åsa Romson, Jonas Sjöstedt, Twitter, Critical Discourse Analysis, Mediatization of Politics, Politics, Ideology
Keyword [sv]
Carl Bildt, Annie Lööf, Åsa Romson, Jonas Sjöstedt, Twitter, Kritisk diskursanalys, Politikens medialisering, Politik, Ideologi
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Media and Communications
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URN: urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-101358OAI: oai:DiVA.org:umu-101358DiVA: diva2:798913
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Programme in Media and Communication Studies: Strategic Communication
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Available from: 2015-03-30 Created: 2015-03-27 Last updated: 2015-03-30Bibliographically approved

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