Abstract

In today’s high-choice media environment, normative functions of the public sphere are not only attributed to journalistic mass media but increasingly to non-journalistic or semi-journalistic alternative media. Satirical shows, for instance, which are distributed in TV and online, are frequently perceived as sources for political information and as opinion leaders about current issues. On social media, professional and amateur community members have launched news formats that constitute alternatives to TV newscasts. Both, satirical shows as well as online news formats combine principles of information and entertainment and they reach a rather young audience. This project analyzes in what way satirical shows and new online news formats address normative functions of the public sphere and what degree of information and orientation on politics can be taken from these programs. Therefore the role concepts of satirists and video creators as well as their role performance that becomes manifest in media content are analyzed. Role concepts are examined conducting qualitative interview studies and asking, for instance, for goals and motivations, production process and restrictions in the daily work. Regarding role performance, quantitative content analysis reveals to what extent satirical shows and online news formats address political issues, how they deepen political information, and how they provide orientation regarding political issues.

Financing

Own funds

Cooperation Partners

Dr. Martin Herbers (Zeppelin University)

Dr. Cordula Nitsch (Heinrich Heine University Düsseldorf)

Anna Wagner, M.A. (University of Augsburg)

Publications and Lectures

Articles and Book Chapters

Articles and Book Chapters

  • Lichtenstein, D. (2020). Rezension von Government communications in a digital age: A comparative study of online government communications in Germany and Great Britain, by K. Murphy. Publizistik, 65, 481–483. doi:10.1007/s11616-020-00582-8
  • Lichtenstein, D., & Koerth, K. (2020). Different shows, different stories: How German TV formats challenged the government’s framing of the Ukraine crisis. Media, War & Conflict, n/a, n/a. doi:10.1177/1750635220909977
  • Nitsch, C., & Lichtenstein, D. (2019). Satirizing international crises: The depiction of the Ukraine, Greek debt and migration crisis in political satire shows. Studies In Communication Sciences, 18, 85-103. Retrieved from https://www.hope.uzh.ch/scoms/article/view/j.scoms.2019.01.007/1212
  • Lichtenstein, D., Nitsch, C., & Wagner, A. (2019). Produktive Pointen: Wie Die Anstalt Politik verarbeitet. In D. Krauss (Ed.), Die Rache des Mainstreams an sich selbst: 5 Jahre Die Anstalt (pp. 276-283). Frankfurt am Main: Westend.
  • Lichtenstein, D. (2019). Political information on YouTube. An analysis of four political YouTube channels in Germany. In L. Leprêtre & Durin, E. (Eds.), Innovative educational and media practices for an inclusive and participatory Europe (pp. 25-45). Brussels: Les Editions de l'IHECS.

Lectures

Lectures

  • 24/04/2020 , Tübingen
    Lichtenstein, Dennis
    Politische Videos im YouTube-Universum
    Gastvortrag [online]
  • 31/01/2020 , Friedrichshafen
    Lichtenstein, Dennis
    Leuchttürme und Scheinriesen: Die Rolle von Satireformaten in der politischen Öffentlichkeit [Habilitation lecture: The role of satiristic formats in political public]
    Habilitationsvortrag an der Zeppelin Universität Friedrichshafen
  • 22/01/2020 , Augsburg
    Lichtenstein, Dennis
    Social Media in a Word of Videos: Arenen der politischen Kommunikation auf Social Media und die Politikvermittlung in Social News Formaten
    Eingeladener Vortrag/Invited Lecture
  • 22/01/2020 , Augsburg
    Lichtenstein, Dennis
    Die Rolle von Satireformaten in der politischen Öffentlichkeit [The role of satiristic formats in the political public]
    Eingeladener Vortrag/Invited Lecture
  • 27/06/2019 , Gießen
    Lichtenstein, Dennis
    Politik mal anders – Politikdarstellungen in Satire und YouTube-Formaten
    Gastvortrag an der Universität Gießen
  • 25/05/2019 , Washington, D.C.
    Herbers, Martin Lichtenstein, Dennis Kamm, Anna-Katharina
    Who am I and what’s politics? Social political video creators' role concepts and their depiction of political issues
    69th Annual International Communication Association Conference

Popular Publications

Popular Publications

  • Lichtenstein, D. (2020). YouTubing Europe:Transnational Communication and Identity Formation in a European Network. Ögfe Policy Brief (Österreichische Gesellschaft Für Europapolitik), 2020. Retrieved from https://oegfe.at/2020/09/youtube-european-identity-network/
  • Nitsch, C., & Lichtenstein, D. (2019). Satire als "Einstiegsdroge". Die Weltwoche. Retrieved from https://medienwoche.ch/2019/10/24/satire-als-einstiegsdroge/

Popular Talks

Popular Talks

  • 25/06/2019
    Lichtenstein, Dennis
    Was kann Satire? [Interview mit Felix Meindorfer]
    Radiosender M94.5
  • 09/06/2019
    Lichtenstein, Dennis
    Satire als neue Variante des Journalismus? [Interview mit Mirjam Kid]
    @mediares - Deutschlandfunk