"Old-New" Directions in Political Communication: Taking Michael Parenti's Media Criticism as a Guide

Tabe Bergman*

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In this essay I outline where I think the academic study of political communication should go - or rather, return to. First I discuss existing limitations and weaknesses of the current subfield of political communication, after which I highlight the work of political scientist Michael Parenti as an example of scholarship that I would like to see more of. In the Conclusion I summarize my main points and specify what I think should be priorities for scholars of political communication, as the world moves forward through these precarious times for democracy, justice, and even species survival.

Original languageEnglish
Article number00023
JournalFrontiers in Communication
Publication statusPublished - 2019


  • critical political economy
  • frontiers in political communication
  • michael parenti
  • political communication
  • social science

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