The ‘Screening Protest’ project compares (tele)visual narratives of dissent across time, space, media culture and genre in three studies that are analytically distinct yet inter-related. The first, about media protest ‘today’ explores how representations of protest in global television news, broadcast on 8 global new channels between 2008 and 2018, vary according to protest site and issue, and newsroom culture. The second, about the media discourse of ‘yesteryear’, compares images of protest and the protester at selected moments in the last century, to gain insights into how political and social change intersect with developments in media ecology. The third, about depictions of protest in the media discourse of ‘elsewhere’ analyses how representations in news narratives compare with those in popular cultural texts (such as  ‘V for Vendetta’ and ‘The Hunger Games’).

The preconditions for the project are unique, given the unusually large empirical material and distinctive approach, with comparisons on three intersecting dimensions. The research moves beyond the bifurcation in the political communication field between the preoccupations of critical political economy perspectives and more celebratory approaches to the participatory connectivity of digital media, and provides an unusually rich empirical study of the problem of representation in changing media landscapes.

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