Cardiff University | Prifysgol Caerdydd ORCA
Online Research @ Cardiff 
WelshClear Cookie - decide language by browser settings

Towards a typology of mediated anger: routine coverage of protest and political emotion

Wahl-Jorgensen, Karin ORCID: 2018. Towards a typology of mediated anger: routine coverage of protest and political emotion. International Journal of Communication 12 , pp. 2071-2087.

[thumbnail of Towards a typology of mediated anger_Routine coverage of protest and political emotion.pdf]
PDF - Accepted Post-Print Version
Available under License Creative Commons Attribution Non-commercial No Derivatives.

Download (283kB) | Preview


This article establishes the importance of studying mediated anger. It first develops a typology of mediated anger, suggesting it is performative, discursively constructed, collective, and political. It applies this typology to routine coverage of anger in UK protest coverage during a two-month time period in 2015. The analysis demonstrates that anger serves as a cause of engagement and a barometer of public feeling. It sets out a spectrum of discursive constructions of mediated anger. At one end sits rational and legitimate anger, which forms the basis for social change. Along the spectrum sits aggressive and/or disruptive anger motivated by rational and legitimate concerns. At the other end of the spectrum lies illegitimate and irrational anger. The analysis shows that protesters can be simultaneously angry and rational, peaceful and legitimate. Discourses on protest construct a commonsense theory of political motivation, whereby anger explains the desire for political engagement, but only occasionally brings about other negative emotions or actions. As such, the article contributes a more nuanced understanding of anger as a political emotion.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Journalism, Media and Culture
Publisher: University of Southern California, Annenberg School for Communication & Journalism
ISSN: 1932-8036
Date of First Compliant Deposit: 26 October 2017
Date of Acceptance: 4 October 2017
Last Modified: 11 Nov 2023 06:32

Actions (repository staff only)

Edit Item Edit Item


Downloads per month over past year

View more statistics