Communicating for Democracy: Help or Hindrance?

Venerdì 11 Dicembre, ore 14.30

Università degli Studi di Salerno – Campus Fisciano

Keynote Speaker

Prof. Dr. Kees Brants

(University of Amsterdam)


‘We live in a media democracy’. ‘Journalists should treat politicians like a dog treats a tree’. ‘Social media produce noise, not deliberation’. ‘Politics is talk, nothing more and nothing less’. The relationship between communication and democracy has been described in many an aphorism – sometimes funny, often provocative, and always thought-provoking. What is communication supposed to do for democracy?
In the presentation will be discussed the assumptions of, particularly, deliberative democracy and the normative functionalities of the media for a transparent and responsive public sphere, and whether and where challenges to and changes of politics, political parties and party leaders, of media and journalism, of publics and their attitudes and communicative behaviour, poses a threat or opens up new opportunities for communication in democracy.
Or do we look at the wrong things and have to rethink and redefine the traditional ideals of political communication?

Kees Brants is honorary professor at the University of Amsterdam’s School of Communication Research and emeritus professor of political communication at Leiden University. His publications cover journalism, media policy and political communication, his latest English-language book being Political Communication in Postmodern Democracy (edited with K. Voltmer, 2011). With his wife he has written two books about their, what some call, morbid fascination for the social construction in memory, history and lieux de mémoires of the First World War.


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