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dc.creatorMercieca, Jennifer
dc.date.accessioned2019-06-11T15:00:10Z
dc.date.available2019-06-11T15:00:10Z
dc.date.issued2019-06-11
dc.identifier.citationJennifer R. Mercieca (2019) Dangerous Demagogues and Weaponized Communication, Rhetoric Society Quarterly, 49:3, 264-279, DOI: 10.1080/02773945.2019.1610640en
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/1969.1/175471
dc.description.abstractThis essay argues that we can usefully separate “heroic demagogues” from “dangerous demagogues” by whether or not the demagogue allows themselves to be held accountable for their words and actions. “Dangerous demagoguery” can be thought of as “weaponized communication” that uses words as weapons to achieve the dangerous demagogue’s strategic goals. The essay examines several recent examples of dangerous demagogues using weaponized communication strategies, including conspiracy theorist Alex Jones, President Donald Trump, and Neo-Nazi Andrew Anglin. Weaponized communication is a danger in any democracy as it corresponds with democratic erosion.en
dc.language.isoen_US
dc.publisherRhetoric Society Quarterly
dc.subjectauthoritarianism, dangerous demagogue, demagoguery, democracy, heroic demagogue, weaponized communicationen
dc.titleDangerous Demagogues and Weaponized Communicationen
dc.typeArticleen
local.departmentCommunicationen
dc.identifier.doihttps://doi.org/10.1080/02773945.2019.1610640


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