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Paradoxes of new media: digital discourses on Eurovision 2014, media flows and post-Soviet nation-building

Miazhevich, Galina 2017. Paradoxes of new media: digital discourses on Eurovision 2014, media flows and post-Soviet nation-building. New Media and Society 19 (2) , pp. 199-216. 10.1177/1461444815591968

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This article explores the contradictions inherent in new media representations of sexual minorities in two bordering post-Soviet countries, Belarus and Lithuania. These nations are divided by their non/membership of the European Union and, being at the western periphery of the former Russian imperial centre, remain directly affected by the Russian mediascape and its information flows. While both countries’ state media closely adhere to the Russian establishment’s homophobic discourse, the role of new media remains largely uncharted. This article uses discourse analysis to (a) examine the influence of Russian media on each nation’s digital discussions about sexual minorities and (b) explore new media’s potential to mediate the intersection of sexual minorities and nation-building in two post-Soviet states. The analysis is centred on a set of online media publications (including their ‘comments’ sections), generated by the Eurovision Song Contest 2014 being won by Conchita Wurst, a drag performer with a beard.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Journalism, Media and Culture
Subjects: H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
P Language and Literature > P Philology. Linguistics
Uncontrolled Keywords: Belarus, Eurovision, homophobia, intercultural dialogue, Lithuania, media flows, Russia, sexuality
Publisher: SAGE Publications
ISSN: 1461-4448
Date of First Compliant Deposit: 17 May 2018
Last Modified: 10 Mar 2020 18:20

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