Catégorie : Politique et medias

Politainment and the evolution of the late-night talk show

David Lipson, Université de Strasbourg

Résumé de l’article :

Today in America entertainment is playing a bigger and bigger role in the media news model. Concurrently, another event has brought about enormous change to the media landscape: the election of Donald Trump in 2016. This historic change has accelerated the emergence and use of “politainment” a portmanteau word combining political news and entertainment, showcased predominantly during late-night talk shows. To understand the growing politainment phenomenon on late-night TV this article endeavors to look into the beginnings and history of late-night TV then focus on the emergence of politainment and finally assess the current situation from 2015 to the present marked by the election of Trump and his presidency.

Fictionalizing Populism: a music analysis of recent political journalist soundtracks

Martin Knust, Linnæus University

Résumé de l’article :

Background music in political journalism has a long history. It is as old as audio and audiovisual mass media, that means, about a century. Surprisingly, media and journalism research have virtually ignored this communicative layer in journalism and focused entirely on texts and images. This means, that there are no theories or methods for investigating this kind of mass media music that is heard by millions every day and thus part of a popular culture. This essay is the first attempt from a musicological perspective to get a grip on non-diegetic music in political journalism. It will present the problematic nature of this music that shares features with fictional film music on a surface level. But since it accompanies stories, images and statements that are non-fictional, its function and ontology have to be seen as fundamentally different from feature film music; it is linked to political opinion shaping and the articulation of political programs and does in fact share features with political propaganda on a deeper level

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