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Interesting approach to perceiving communication strategies was proposed by Ewa Nowak-Teter, who in her article Fear and Fun as Communication Strategies in TV News. The Interrelations of Emotional Frames and Topics conceptualizes ‚fear’ and ‚fun’ as ‚media emotions’ integrated within the dominant communication strategy, understood as an ‚entertainment continuum’. This continuum is organized by fun on the one hand and fear on the other. The author verifies the assumption that the dominant communication perspective used by the information media is determined mainly by the framework related to providing entertainment and to arousing fear.
The next two articles are focused on the Italian political scene and its specific populist style of political communication. Giovanni Barbieri, Roberto Mincigrucci, and Sofia Verza present in their article Who is the Most Populist? A Study of the Italian Political Leaders’ Interviews during the 2018 Electoral Campaign a comparative study of the populist communication of Italian politicians with their voters. Łukasz Jan Berezowski, on the other hand, analyses the qualities of political communication in contemporary Italy in the context of the so-called post-presentational democracy and the digital revolution in political communication.
In the following articles, Jacek Wasilewski analyses the media narratives on refugees in the Polish context, whereas Dariusz Krawczyk addresses the problem of the threat of disinformation in cyberspace and indicates that it is an opportunity to increase the social reach of the mass media.
Additionally, in the Varia section you will find an article by Joanna Gocłowska-Bolek concerning the challenge that poses the migration crisis in Venezuela for Latin America (Venezuelan Migration Crisis as a Growing International Challenge for Latin America) and Robert Nahapetyan’s text The Causes of the Velvet Revolution, in which the author discusses the sources of the velvet revolution that took place in Armenia in spring 2018.
The issue closes with an essay by Łukasz Scheffs on the Polish sociopolitical reality in the context of the 2020 presidential election.