Title

Political Communication: The Devil's Advocate of Social Manipulation

Submitter Information

Bayan KojokFollow

Type of Proposal

Oral Presentation

Start Date

23-3-2018 10:35 AM

End Date

23-3-2018 11:55 AM

Location

Alumni Auditorium C

Faculty

Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences

Faculty Sponsor

University of Windsor

Abstract/Description of Original Work

My research investigates the political exchange of information, interpretation, debate and use of symbols, in relation to the intent of promoting set values and interests to influence political and societal decisions. I will be studying the interactions and mediums of communication utilized between the actors of said exchanges, along with the political messages conveyed and the consequences this may have on the formation of political and public’s discourses. My research will not only address the current political climate of North America but previous ones as well, dating back to the 19th Century. I will utilize an ongoing study that the International Association for Media and Communication Research is conducting which studies media as a medium of communication to convey a political message via campaigns and elections, along with political marketing processes in government and the role media play in local and informal forms of governance. While this research tackles many important aspects in respect to political communication, I found that the variables being studied were limited in respect to depth on the subject- thereby necessitating my research proposal. Conducting this research will not only shed light on the strategic advancements that political discourse hopes to transcend over societal beliefs, but it will also compare approaches that were formerly exploited for the same reasons. These questions will be answered with the assistance of varying methods, including but not limited to Semiotic, Rhetorical and Historical Analysis, as well as Digital Ethnography. The research is provisional at this time, however the preliminary results suggests that despite what many choose to believe, History is not history and it is in fact repeating itself – the only thing that has changed is the medium of communication. It also points towards a social marginalization; specifically when political propaganda is most frequent (i.e. elections). If that is the case, then what is the social context and what does this say about our society? These are all concerns that I hope to address when my research is concluded. I also hope that further research will be conducted after the fact to review these factors on an international scale in order to determine how political discourse impacts society in other dimensions of the globe and how these findings shape their own society, economy and culture.

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Mar 23rd, 10:35 AM Mar 23rd, 11:55 AM

Political Communication: The Devil's Advocate of Social Manipulation

Alumni Auditorium C

My research investigates the political exchange of information, interpretation, debate and use of symbols, in relation to the intent of promoting set values and interests to influence political and societal decisions. I will be studying the interactions and mediums of communication utilized between the actors of said exchanges, along with the political messages conveyed and the consequences this may have on the formation of political and public’s discourses. My research will not only address the current political climate of North America but previous ones as well, dating back to the 19th Century. I will utilize an ongoing study that the International Association for Media and Communication Research is conducting which studies media as a medium of communication to convey a political message via campaigns and elections, along with political marketing processes in government and the role media play in local and informal forms of governance. While this research tackles many important aspects in respect to political communication, I found that the variables being studied were limited in respect to depth on the subject- thereby necessitating my research proposal. Conducting this research will not only shed light on the strategic advancements that political discourse hopes to transcend over societal beliefs, but it will also compare approaches that were formerly exploited for the same reasons. These questions will be answered with the assistance of varying methods, including but not limited to Semiotic, Rhetorical and Historical Analysis, as well as Digital Ethnography. The research is provisional at this time, however the preliminary results suggests that despite what many choose to believe, History is not history and it is in fact repeating itself – the only thing that has changed is the medium of communication. It also points towards a social marginalization; specifically when political propaganda is most frequent (i.e. elections). If that is the case, then what is the social context and what does this say about our society? These are all concerns that I hope to address when my research is concluded. I also hope that further research will be conducted after the fact to review these factors on an international scale in order to determine how political discourse impacts society in other dimensions of the globe and how these findings shape their own society, economy and culture.