Trump, Brexit and Corbyn: Social Media, Authenticity and Post-Truth Politics

Conference organisers:
Professor Petros Iosifidis (City, University of London) & Professor Mark Wheeler (London Metropolitan University)

During the first two decades of the 21st Century, the Internet emerged from being an add-on to the television based campaigns in western liberal democracies to becoming an essential component within the wider communication of politics. In some respects, the traditional forms of political advertising and alternative forms of elite-public relations have created more plural relations with the electorate through the employment of party websites, candidate blogs and the incorporation of social networks such as Facebook, YouTube and Twitter. However, the social media platforms have been seen to more significantly reconfigure interactive communications between apparently ‘anti-establishment’ interests and the public to establish new forms of participation. This interdisciplinary conference will consider how politicians have used social media to effect major changes in recent US presidential campaigns, UK general elections and the EU Referendum.

The event is free to attend. Click here to register.

Confirmed Speakers: 
Andrew Chadwick (Loughborough University), Jennifer Birks (University of Nottingham), Karin Wahl-Jorgensen (Cardiff University), Darren Lilleker (Bournemouth University), James Mills (Parliament), Julie Firmstone (University of Leeds), Chris Rojek (City, University of London), Dominic Wring (Loughborough University)

Reserved Speaker: Isla Glaister (Political Analyst, Sky)

The event will form the basis of a Special Edition of the International Journal of Digital Television (to be renamed Journal of Digital Media & Policy,id=175

The event is funded by the PSA (Political Studies Association) and supported by the PSA Media and Politics Group, the Department of Sociology, the Jeremy Tunstall Global Media group at City and the School of Social Sciences at London Metropolitan University.