New media have radically altered our understanding of racism, so that an issue that has too often been assumed to belong to the past has been thrust into the contemporary mainstream. In light of the clear impact of both traditional and new media on Brexit in the UK and the Trump Presidency in the US, it is imperative for students of media and public discourse to examine the role played by the media in the generation, circulation and contestation of racist ideas. In Racism and Media, Gavan Titley: • Explains why racism is such a complex and contested concept • Provides a set of theoretical and analytical tools with which to interrogate the empirical world of racism and media • Demonstrates methods’ application through a wide range of case studies, taking in examples from the UK, US, Europe and Australia • Examines the rise and impact of online and social media racism • Invites readers to confront tensions in their own experiences of racism and media This book is an essential companion for students of media, communications, sociology and cultural studies.

From ‘hate’ to ‘like’: organized and assembled racism in a networked media environment
From ‘hate’ to ‘like’: organized and assembled racism in a networked media environment

The ‘far-right’ occupies an ambivalent space in European and western politics. Far-right parties and movements, some openly redolent of the fascist past, pose a renewed and often violent threat to the wellbeing of those racialized as alien to the nation. While the political nature of this violence is often downplayed in public discourse, the far-right is simultaneously sensationalized as the final locus of racism’s persistence, where racism in postracial societies, as Barnor Hesse reminds us, is confined to the ‘residuum’ of the political extremes, ‘a profound moral deviation from the western liberal and democratic ethos and ethnos’ (2004: ...

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