New Technologies in Political Communication

The contemporary field of political communication science is heavily influenced by technological transformations. These transformations alter relationships between and among individuals and political entities. We witness this in interactive media, where information flows to the public and from the public, and more specifically in algorithmic personalisation and intervention strategies of online content. This led to more debates on content moderation online. Next to this, lines between the physical and virtual world are increasingly blurred through immersive technologies. The power of visuals opened up new horizons for political communication. Automated computer-assisted content analysis techniques reduce the cost of analyzing content manually. This allows researchers to investigate a vast amount of textual data in order to gain new insights into all kinds of political communication that citizens in digital era are exposed to.

Participating Researchers

Dominika Betakova

Hannah Greber

Sophie Minihold

Anna Maria Planitzer

Svenja Schäfer

Andrea Stockinger

Teresa Weikmann

Recent Research

  • Weikmann, T. & Lecheler, S. (2021, September). Visual disinformation in a digital age: A literature synthesis and research agenda. Presentation at the (virtual) 2021 Conference of The International Journal of Press/Politics, September 13-16.
  • Greber, H., Lecheler, S., Aaldering, L., de Haan, Y., Kruikemeier, S., Goutier, N., & De Bruin, K. (2021, September). Die Wahrnehmung von immersivem Journalismus. Presentation at the 2021 Jahrestagung der DGPuK-Fachgruppe Journalistik / Journalismusforschung, Universität der Bundeswehr München