The British National Party

Digital discourse and power

Authored by: Chris Atton

The Routledge Companion To Media And Activism

Print publication date:  March  2018
Online publication date:  March  2018

Print ISBN: 9781138202030
eBook ISBN: 9781315475059
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This chapter draws upon research previously published in 2004 and 2006 (Atton 2004: chapter 3, 2006), which examines the BNP’s website as a form of activist, alternative media. I go on to reconsider my findings in the light of subsequent political developments in the UK. In particular it is possible that we might find traces of the BNP’s discourse in UKIP’s promotion of the ‘Leave’ position in the 2016 EU Referendum in the UK, which saw a majority of voters in favour of leaving the EU. However, in the second half of the chapter I warn against an easy transference of findings from one activist site to another and indeed to large sections of the mainstream media, particularly in an academic environment where British media scholars appear to be ­overwhelmingly sympathetic to a leftist bloc of ‘progressive’ media activism and amongst whom, it appears, there is little support for the outcome of the EU Referendum.

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