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Central European Journal of Communication

Central European Journal of Communication

Scientific Journal of the Polish Communication Association

You are here: Home > Browse Journal > Volume 10 No 1 (18) Spring 2017 > Populism de-globalization and media competition: The spiral of noise

Populism, de-globalization, and media competition: The spiral of noise

Henrik Müller

(Tu Dortmund University, Germany)

ABSTRACT: Populism is increasingly turning against globalization, thereby threatening the stability of the international order. In the vast debate about the causes of the current backlash many factors have been discussed, without explicitly analyzing the role of the media. This paper strives to fi ll this gap. It focuses on the interaction between politics, economics, and the media in the context of globalization-related issues. In applying a media economic framework it shows that the rise of populism can be interpreted as the consequence of rational choices of diff erent groups of players. The result is a spiral of noise of ever more extreme anti-globalist rhetoric and policies.