Emotions have long been neglected in media research, although their role is a vital ingredient in shaping our shared stories and the ways we engage with them. But emotions, as they circulate through the media, can also be divisive and exclusionary.
Karin Wahl-Jorgensen makes the case for researching the role of emotions in mediated politics. Drawing on a series of studies, she explores the complex relationship between emotions, politics and media. The book includes analyses of how Facebook structures emotional reactions; the anger of Donald Trump; the use of personal storytelling in feminist Twitter hashtags; the role of emotionality in award-winning journalism; and the communities created by political fandoms.
Essential reading for scholars and students, this important volume opens up new ways of thinking about and researching emotions, media and politics.
Introduction: Understanding Emotions in Mediated Public Life
1 Taking Emotion Seriously: A Brief History of Thought
2 Emotions are Everywhere: The Strategic Ritual of Emotionality in Journalism
3 Authenticity, Compassion and Personalized Storytelling
4 Towards a Typology of Mediated Anger
5 Shifting Emotional Regimes: Donald Trump’s Angry Populism
6 The Politics of Love: Political Fandom and Social Change
7 The Emotional Architecture of Social Media
Conclusion: Nine Propositions about Emotions, Media and Politics