Communication Strategy of Political Leader’s Image Mythologization in Digital Space during the course of Election Campaign: Comparative Aspect

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In the present paper we address the issue of mythologization as one of the leading communication strategies of the political leader's image formation. Such strategy becomes particularly topical in the period of election campaigns, since political myth as a special form of mentality is able to influence voters' minds by constructing the 'enduring reality' of an action programme proclaimed by a candidate. The manipulative potential of a mythologization strategy in political communication is stipulated by the fact that myths are able to impress into the public mind the delusive reality models and to legitimize a political leader's authority in the voters' perception. With the help of this or that political myth the idea of a candidate's preference over all others is often fixed in voters' minds. In the modern communication space the role of mythologizing of a political leader's image in a digital space has been enhanced, as candidate's communication through social networks, blogs, video and audio hosting, etc., allow him to interact with voters more effectively, to personalize communication, get a feedback, to influence not only the consciousness, but also the subconscious using both verbal and non-verbal means. The video materials of one of the candidates for the presidency of the Russian Federation, Vladimir Zhirinovsky, posted on You Tube video hosting in the period of 2018 presidential election campaign, are chosen as the empirical base of this research. The subject of the present research is 'internal mythologization' (when a politician and his team are considered as a source of myth-making versus 'external mythologization' initiated by non-affiliated representatives of different social groups) as a communicative strategy for constructing political leader's image in election time. The paper describes the specificity of the representation of four main political myths (social ideal, enemy, identity community and hero-saviour) in communication of Vladimir Zhirinovsky as the 'Patriarch' of election campaigns in Russia and reveals the most significant myths for the formation of his political image. The most important concepts representing this or that myth are identified, the ways of their explication (verbal and visual, explicit and implicit) are revealed. An analysis of mythologization methods of V. Zhirinovsky's image, a candidate, who was running for president post for the sixth time on presidential election 2018, was compared to the mythologization methods of Pavel Grudinin's image as a new candidate for the Russian political agenda. The conducted analysis allowed to reveal the main characteristics of political leader's image mythologization in election period, namely - ideological charge and manipulativity, most clearly manifested in a candidate's communication in digital space.

Язык оригиналаанглийский
Название основной публикацииProceedings of the 2019 IEEE Communication Strategies in Digital Society Seminar, ComSDS 2019
Редакторы S. Shaposhnikov, L. Sharakhina
ИздательInstitute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Inc.
Страницы22-29
Число страниц8
ISBN (электронное издание)9781728115849
DOI
СостояниеОпубликовано - 7 мая 2019

Отпечаток

election campaign
myth
candidacy
Communication
leader
communication
video
presidential election
Blogging
Russia
election
Empirical Research
political communication
Consciousness
Blogs
Social Support
mentality
political agenda
Communication strategies
Elections

Предметные области Scopus

  • Информационные системы и управление
  • Образование
  • Связь
  • Социопсихология
  • Маркетинг
  • Компьютерные сети и коммуникации
  • Социология и политические науки
  • Стратегия и управление

Ключевые слова

  • communication strategy, election campaign, political myth, image, internal mythologization, external mythologization, manipulation, ideological bias, digital environment

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Balakhonskaya, L. V., Zhuravleva, N. N., & Beresneva, I. V. (2019). Communication Strategy of Political Leader’s Image Mythologization in Digital Space during the course of Election Campaign: Comparative Aspect. В S. Shaposhnikov, L. Sharakhina (Ред.), Proceedings of the 2019 IEEE Communication Strategies in Digital Society Seminar, ComSDS 2019 (стр. 22-29). [8709654] Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Inc.. https://doi.org/10.1109/COMSDS.2019.8709654
Balakhonskaya, L.V. ; Zhuravleva, N.N. ; Beresneva, I.V. / Communication Strategy of Political Leader’s Image Mythologization in Digital Space during the course of Election Campaign: Comparative Aspect. Proceedings of the 2019 IEEE Communication Strategies in Digital Society Seminar, ComSDS 2019. редактор / S. Shaposhnikov, L. Sharakhina . Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Inc., 2019. стр. 22-29
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Результат исследований: Публикации в книгах, отчётах, сборниках, трудах конференцийстатья в сборнике материалов конференции

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