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Анализ на медийните реакции на доклада „Антидемократичната пропаганда в България“
Analysis of the Media Reactions to the ‘Antidemocratic Propaganda in Bulgaria’ Report

Author(s): Valentin Valkanov
Subject(s): Social Sciences, Civil Society, Sociology, Security and defense, Politics and society, Methodology and research technology
Published by: Фондация за хуманитарни и социални изследвания - София
Keywords: “Anti-democratic propaganda in Bulgaria” report; media reception; networks; content analysis

Summary/Abstract: The ‘Antidemocratic propaganda in Bulgaria’ report managed to touch asensitive media nerve in the public discourse and raised a massive wave of reactions after its release in April, 2017. This article focuses on exactly these materials released on the Internet. In order to gather the needed information all articles were included in a detailed press clipping.This article has a double focus in describing the material related to the matter– quantitative and qualitative. The press clipping has revealed not only the number of reposts of articles and authors, but also the exact subjects that were mentioned and discussed in them. Most of those subjects were in direct connectionto the report – researchers and organizations.The press clipping has covered all kind of articles in connection to thereport – positive, negative and neutral. Therefore the article can account for awholesome view of the internet media reactions with exact numbers and ratios. Thus it manages to follow the origin and means of dissemination of materialson the Internet. Of particular interest is the other aspect of the description of the gatheredmaterials – the substantial analysis. It follows the logic of propaganda as it has been described in the report, on the grounds of the four pillars of populism – “The corrupt elites”, “The decline of Europe”, “USA – overlord” and “The riseof Russia”. Following these four major themes in all materials in the press clipping,the article describes the means of presenting and in most cases discreditingthe organizations and researchers involved in the making of the report. Butthe wave of negative reactions does not stop here and reaches as far as Europe/EU, USA and even liberalism itself.

  • Issue Year: 2017
  • Issue No: 47
  • Page Range: 243-265
  • Page Count: 23
  • Language: Bulgarian