The impact of the post-truth era on progressive populism: the case of Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez

Yazır, Arda
While the post-truth era already benefits populist movements by its nature, it has also paved the way for the emergence of post-truth politics and communication. Many populists all around the world saw the potential of this factless environment and intended to benefit from it by applying strategies of post-truth politics and communication through social media. These strategies include resorting to manipulation and disinformation tactics; distortion of the facts; creating a sense of community in the digital sphere; portrayal of a charismatic leader; exploitation of the emotions of audiences; propagating conspiracy theories. In this thesis, the post-truth politics and communication strategies employed by Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez in her 2020 New York District Election campaign will be examined. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez has been chosen, first because she is a left-wing populist leader, distinctly from the right-wing populist leaders who dominate the literature regarding our field of research. Second, because she is a young and rising figure, possibly more familiar with digital media, which might be a prominent factor in her recent success. Her 2020 New York District Election campaign is suitable for research because it is her most recent campaign with not much examination in the literature.


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A. Yazır, “The impact of the post-truth era on progressive populism: the case of Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez,” M.S. - Master of Science, Middle East Technical University, 2023.