Constructing reality: COVID & economy messaging in Sri Lanka

Prior to reading this, it may help to read my page on Constructing Reality, which gives some basic theoretical background to this blog post. I’ve had a long-standing interest in how reality can be constructed, especially in a political context. Currently, it’s possible to observe this happening in Sri Lanka in a very instructive manner. … Continue reading Constructing reality: COVID & economy messaging in Sri Lanka

“Forensic” and “Plans”: signifier words

When used about two centrist figures, these words infuriate many on the left. "Forensic" is used ad nauseam to describe Keir Starmer’s interactions with the government and “plans” was a key part of Elizabeth Warren’s brand. The deployment of these words is an interesting and easily understood example of an important communications concept. We can … Continue reading “Forensic” and “Plans”: signifier words

Media disintermediation and priming in politics

NB: This post was published in a previous blog and imported into this one. Please forgive any formatting issues. Having posted earlier on the way agenda setting and priming have functioned in the US Presidential Primaries, I thought it useful to take a look at how social media affects this process, focusing on the impact of … Continue reading Media disintermediation and priming in politics